Allentown police offering senior classes
For the first time, Allentown police will hold a police academy class catered to older residents that will offer training on crimes and issues affecting senior citizens.
The Senior Citizens Police Academy will be held Mondays from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 to Dec. 2 at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St.
For years, Allentown has hosted an Citizens Police Academy and a Youth Police Academy, where cadets learn aspects of modern policing, like processing crime scenes, criminal investigations, vice and gang units and use of force.
The Senior Academy will hit on some of those topics, but the focus will be more on educating seniors on crimes that may affect them, such as how to recognize scams, police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said.
Academy classes will focus on elder abuse, identity theft, home and personal security, fraud and telemarketing scams and will include K9, police vehicle and equipment demonstrations, he said. Members of the Lehigh County district attorney’s office and the Office of Aging and Adult Services will also be involved.
Mayor Ray O’Connell applauded the police department’s efforts.
“This is a tremendous learning opportunity for our seniors,” he said. “They are too often the victim of fraud at the front door of their home and over the phone.”
Applications for the 2019 Senior Citizen’s Police Academy (for those 65 and older) will be taken starting Tuesday until 3 p.m. Oct. 15. Applications and information will be available online at www.allentownpa.gov/Police/ Police-Academy/Civilian-Police-Academy and by hard copy at Lehigh Valley Active Life and the information desk at Allentown City Hall.
The class will be limited to 30 city residents and Crime Watch members will be given priority.