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Dracut PD Offers Citizen Police Academy Couse

Oct 03, 2016 03:15AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Dracut Police

(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Dracut Police Department.)

The Dracut Police Department will conduct a Citizen Police Academy from 6:30 to 9:00 PM Wednesday evenings, beginning October 12, 2016 and continuing through graduation on December 7, 2016. The Academy will be held at the Dracut Police Station and classes will run for 8 weeks.
The goal of the Citizen Academy is to offer attendees an insight into the Dracut Police Department as an organization and to give a better understanding of a Dracut Police Officer's role in the community and the difficult challenges facing law enforcement today.

Participants will receive instruction from officers, supervisors and civilians with particular expertise in the subject matter. Course topics may include: patrol functions, domestic violence, restraining or harassment orders, motor vehicle law, Internet safety, identity theft, K9 program and firearm laws and safety. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about handguns from a firearms instructor. Students will also participate in a ride along to see what real-time patrol is like.

The Dracut Police Department Citizen Academy is offered free to all residents 18 or older. Participants must have no criminal history. A background check is conducted on all applicants prior to admission into the program. Participants must be able to attend all classes to receive a certificate of completion.

Applications may be downloaded from the Dracut Police Department website at or may be picked up in person from the records department.

All applications must be received on or before Friday October 7, 2016. Any questions regarding the program,  contact Lieutenant Michael Fleury at 978-957-2123, ext. 123.

Citizens Police Academy Course Syllabus
 All classes held at the Dracut Police Station in the Panas Room

Week 1 October 12

INSTRUCTORS:  Lt. Fleury / Lt. Chaput, Officer Gosselin

Introductions: The origin of the Citizen Police Academy, Overview of the Dracut Police Department, Tour of the Police Station


Recruitment Process for Hiring New Officers, Field Training Program

Week 2 October 19

INSTRUCTORS:  Officers Cotnoir and Bushnell, Detectives Buote and Williams

Uniform Patrol Overview, Traffic Enforcement / Vehicle Stops


Investigations overview, Narcotics/Gangs/Identity Fraud 

 Week 3 October 26

INSTRUCTORS:  Sgt. Quealy, Officer Coleman

School Resource Officer, Juvenile Crimes / Court


K-9 Police Unit / Demonstration

Week 4 November 2

INSTRUCTORS:   Lt. Chaput / Sgt. Seamans

Weapons (Firearms / Taser), Use of Force, SWAT Overview

Week 5 November 9

INSTRUCTORS:  Lt. Fleury / Sgt. George, Officer Gorman

Firearm Licensing Laws / Procedures, Evidence and Property


Officers Medical Training, Good Samaritan Law, EMS Response to Opioid Overdose

Week 6 November 16

INSTRUCTORS:   Dispatchers Bewig and Sheehy, Detective Pike and Officer Bushnell

Overview of Dispatch Center, 911 Procedures


Domestic Violence / 209A, Sex Offender Registry Requirements, Elder Services

Week 7 November 30


OUI Liquor

Week 8 December 7


Questions & Answers

Course Critique

Graduation / Presentation of Certificates

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