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February 4, 2014 > Citizen Police Academy graduates class of 2013-14

Citizen Police Academy graduates class of 2013-14

Submitted By San Leandro PD

On Wednesday, January 29th, the San Leandro Police Department celebrated the graduation of 25 community members who successfully completed a 13-session Citizen Police Academy. Beginning in October, Academy participants attended more than 40 hours of training in a variety of classes hosted on a weekly basis, learning about the law enforcement profession and the San Leandro Police DepartmentÕs role in its community.

The concept of a Citizen Police Academy first began in 1977 in England. The first class in the United States started in Orlando, FL in 1985. Several years ago, San Leandro began to offer the program to its community and business leaders, which has proven to be a very successful community outreach program.

ÒThe Academy gives us an opportunity to educate our community about SLPDÕs daily operations. While showcasing our Department and employees, we also have the opportunity to broaden peopleÕs perspectives, while continuing to build strong partnerships with our community,Ó said Lt. Robert McManus, the class facilitator.

Joseph Licari spoke on behalf of the graduating class about his experiences in the Citizen Academy. ÒSLPD gets it. They engage our community through many outreach programs.Ó He described the employees as, Òa diverse professional team, all of whom foster a tight knit community within San Leandro.Ó In closing, Licari stated, ÒThank you to the members of our class. You are the reason why my family calls San Leandro home.Ó

Chief Sandra Spagnoli praised the graduates for their dedication and commitment and
for taking the time to learn about their police department. She stated, ÒThe continued involvement of the San Leandro community is one of the main reasons why I enjoy serving as your Police Chief. I look forward to continuing to build partnerships with our community through programs like this. They are effective in reducing crime in San Leandro, making this community safer for everyone.Ó

The San Leandro Police Department is currently accepting applications for this yearÕs class, which is scheduled for the fall of 2014. For more information, please visit the CityÕs website at: http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/programs/citizen_police_academy/default.asp.

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