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Inside look at the Myrtle Beach Citizens Police Academy

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Applications for the 30th session of the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy are due Friday, July 24, at 5 p.m. The classes will start September 14.

Myrtle Beach Police Lieutenant Joey Crosby says the Citizen’s Police Academy gives an inside look at how officers are trained and how they perform their jobs. Topics this year include crime scene investigation, K-9's, emergency vehicle operations and simulated firearms training. You would also ride along with Myrtle Beach police officers.

“This gives us an opportunity to allow the citizens to see exactly who we are and how we’re trained, how we interact with the public,” says Lt. Crosby. “So it really gives them that inside look, that unfiltered look, as to actually how we do our jobs and allows them to develop their opinions on their own about our agency and our officers and how they conduct themselves.”

Monika Newman graduated from CPA26 class and wishes she could do it again. She says as you complete all the different courses, you are learning to be more aware of your surroundings and learning to be a better witness. “If an accident were to happen in front of me, I would probably be more aware of who did what, what happened,” says Newman.

You must be a resident of Horry County and at least 21 years old to join the academy. You also must have a valid driver’s license. The applications are due by Friday, so the department has enough time to complete criminal background checks on each applicant.

The CPA will meet on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for ten weeks. Students are required to attend eight classes and at least 15 hours of ride-along time in order to graduate. There will be a graduation ceremony at the end of the academy.

For more information, contact Sgt. Mike Guthinger at 843-918-1803. You can get the applications at the police department on Oak Street, the police annex at the Market Common, or online at www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/cpa.html

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