Ci­ti­zen Po­lice Academy gives be­hind-scenes view of po­lice work

Bern, Muh­len­berg, North­ern Berks Re­gional and Lau­rel­dale po­lice com­bined forces to host eight-week course for res­i­dents

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rox­anne Richard­son

Bern Town­ship, Muh­len­berg Town­ship, North­ern Berks Re­gional and Lau­rel­dale po­lice com­bined forces to host Ci­ti­zen Po­lice Academy, pro­vid­ing the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to go be­hind the scenes and ex­pe­ri­ence po­lice work.

De­signed to be in­for­ma­tive, in­ter­est­ing, thought pro­vok­ing and fun, Ci­ti­zen Po­lice Academy is an an­nual eightweek course for res­i­dents 18 and older from Bern, Maiden­creek, Muh­len­berg and On­te­launee town­ships, and Lau­rel­dale and Leesport bor­oughs. Start­ing on Feb. 13, academy classes are held ev­ery Tues­day night at Muh­len­berg Town­ship Mu­nic­i­pal Build­ing.

The first four weeks dealt with po­lice struc­ture and law en­force­ment, pa­trol op­er­a­tions and traf­fic en­force­ment/ MCSAP (Mo­tor Car­rier Safety As­sis­tance Pro­gram), ve­hi­cle and crimes code. March 6 was about crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tions and crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Pa­trol Sergeant Michael Wi­ley, as­sisted by Pa­trol Sergeant Steve Sei­del, both from Bern Town­ship Po­lice, cov­ered Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tions. De­tec­tive Ra­mon Cara­ballo cov­ered Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Ev­ery­thing we do is to pre­serve life and main­tain safe com­mu­nity for peo­ple and some­times it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily look like that’s what we are do­ing, but there’s a good rea­son as to why,” said Wi­ley.

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