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A new kind of police academy for Cobourg

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

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COBOURG -- Citizen Police Academies are being organized by police services throughout Ontario, and Cobourg Deputy Chief Paul VandeGraaf has issued a press release confirming that Cobourg is among them.

VandeGraaf described the initiative as "an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law-enforcement efforts," with goals that include a better understanding of policing in Cobourg, stronger citizen-police relationships, enhanced lines of communications and a reduction of crime in the community.

"Community mobilization is an important and vital aspect of crime control in any community," the deputy chief continued.

"It is through community co-operation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime-prevention effort.

"The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism for our service to inform the public of what we do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input, assistance and support throughout the community."

The program consists of a weekly three-hour blocks of instruction, held Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the training room at the Cobourg Police Service building at 107 King St. W. It runs Nov. 1 through Dec. 13, and instruction is provided by members of the Cobourg Police Service, community partners and judicial officials.

Anyone interested in being part of this program is invited to complete the application form at www.coborgpolice.com under the Crime Prevention tab.

cnasmith@postmedia.com