Huntersville residents have two opportunities to get a more in-depth understanding of town workings.
Huntersville 101 and the Huntersville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy program are both accepting applications from residents interested in how town government and its departments function.
The annual programs are offered at no cost to residents.
Participants in Huntersville 101 learn about town departments such as finance, public works and parks and recreation; staff roles and current projects happening in town; while previous graduates often apply for and are successfully appointed to local boards and commissions.
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The Citizen Police Academy provides a hands-on, realistic view of what local police do. Past topics include the role of K9 teams and an overview of SWAT operations, as well as preventing identity theft and officer ride-alongs, among others.
While the Citizen Police Academy does not provide police training, it does help improve public trust and community relations.
Huntersville 101 meets for eight consecutive weeks, while the Citizen Police Academy meets for 10 consecutive weeks. Applicants are asked to commit to the schedule before signing up.
The Police Department is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Police Academy. The free, 10-week program will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 20-March 24 at the Police Department, 9630 Julian Clark Ave. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 9. Details: www.huntersvillepd.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huntersville 101 is also accepting applications for its fourth session. This free, eight-week program can accommodate up to 24 residents in morning or evening sessions that meet every Thursday from Feb. 5 through April 2.
The morning session will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, the evening session from 6-8 p.m. at Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified by Jan. 28 at the latest. Program details and application: www.huntersville.org.