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Citizens Police Academy start date scheduled

February 23, 2013

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Police Department is ready to conduct another session of its free Citizens Police Academy. Classes will begin on March 21 and will be held from 6-9 p.m....

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Feb-24-13 11:26 AM

I believe this is actually a good idea although I have no idea why anyone would want to do this. The reason I believe this is a good idea is because local law enforcement(not just PPD) need to work with the community more and enhance their reputation with citizens. There is a divide among the two groups. I once had a deputy come into my fenced in back yard for "business" and when I told him he cannot just come into my yard he said "he is law enforcement and he could do anything he wanted" and then I informed him of the truth with the various reasons he could come into my yard and told him if he didn't have a good reason that he couldn't, he promptly left and then called the PPD on me and they showed up and I told them the story and he agreed and left.

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Feb-24-13 10:58 AM

Gosh, didn't get off the page and saw that someone disagreed with me just asking a few questions the press should have already asked.. how strange.

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Feb-24-13 10:40 AM

Inquiring minds want to know... is it funded by grant or tax money? If not by grants, who approves the expenditure for such a program?

Officers aren't educators, who (if anyone) approves the curriculum? How are the participating officers chosen?

"due to the nature of police work, it may become necessary to change the class topic for any given night to accommodate an instructors needs" ... sounds like an easy way to double dip.

If class time includes time spent in a cruiser with an officer while on duty, is he getting paid his regular wages plus class time wages while on tour that day?

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Feb-23-13 10:07 PM

I wonder about this. What prevents a crook from attending these classes to see how the department operates? Why does the department have a spokes model rather than chief of police talking to press? why do they call Mr. Collins a Sgt when he is a patrolman/?

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Feb-23-13 9:25 PM

If you stay out of trouble there's no NEED to know how the police operate!

Wonder how much this "free" class is costing the taxpayers for a limited number to attend?

Citizen ride alongs.. is that logical? How could a policeman do their job correctly if there is a citizen in their cruiser during their tour of duty?

Sounds like another way for funds to be pilfered thru with the premise of helping the public.

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Feb-23-13 3:03 PM

CB,THAT one was too good,needed that laugh of the week.

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Feb-23-13 8:45 AM

Can trolls apply? Perfect! There you go wildcitykitty (aka hindsight101/resident troll) this is right up your alley.

Oh wait, that means he'd actually have to face someone, knowing that, I doubt he'll bite.

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