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February 5, 2013 > Community Academy

Community Academy

By Simon Wong

Ever wondered how many sworn officers are on duty at any one time? Why do the police not respond immediately to every incident reported? How can residents help the police do their jobs effectively? How can residents safeguard themselves and their property against crime? What advice does Hayward Police Department have for maximizing public safety?

Hayward PDÕs Community Academy is designed to educate and inform the general public about the CityÕs law enforcement policies and practices. Anyone interested in learning how Hayward Police Department (PD) operates should attend the free nine-week Community Academy, February 19 - April 16, 2013. This is a good opportunity for members of Neighborhood Watch groups and a prerequisite for anyone who would like to become a block captain, the liaison between neighbors and the Police Department. The Community Academy is open to Hayward and non-Hayward residents.

ÒWhen I attend Neighborhood Watch meetings, some community members complain bitterly. They think the Police Department must be there for them, automatically, on their street, watching their house, around the clock, seven days-a-week,Ó said Gale Bleth, Crime Prevention Specialist, Hayward PD. ÒThere is a much bigger picture which the Community Academy pieces together so that people understand how the Police Department functions.Ó

Weekly sessions are scheduled for Tuesdays at City Hall, 777 B Street, Hayward, from 6:45 p.m. until 8:45 p.m.

For more information and to register for the Hayward PD Community Academy, call (510) 293-7151 or email gale.bleth@hayward-ca.gov

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