Al­len­town po­lice of­fer­ing se­nior classes

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr.

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.

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