Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lehigh County's Citizens on Patrol!

Commandant Lassard is very, very, very pleased to announce that Lehigh County is now accepting applications for its third Citizens' Police Academy. Applications, limited to Lehigh County residents, will be accepted through August 15th.

Eight weekly classes will be conducted between Tuesday, September 22, and Thursday, November 12, between 7 and 9 PM. They'll take place in the Public Hearing Room on the first floor of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. 7th Street, Allentown, PA 18101. Parking will be available in the Lehigh County employee parking deck.

Topics will include drug investigations, gang awareness, dirty bloggers, DUI and criminal scene investigations. The goal of the 8-week course is to promote understanding between police and the community. By becoming familiar with policing practices, participants will be better able to protect themselves and their neighbors.

Registration forms are available on-line at www.lehighcounty.org or by calling Dan McNeill, Manager of Regional Partnerships, at 610-782-3567. There is no fee associated with this program, but registration is limited to 85. Criminal background checks will be completed for each applicant. Acceptance letters will be mailed after the 15th of August.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Bernie,

Signing up.

You Rang? said...

Dirty bloggers? What is that all about?

Criminal backgroud checks? What is that all about?

Mental evaluations? What is that all about?

Peace, ~~Alex

Bernie O'Hare said...

Anon 12:53,

Congrats to you and to LC for this program.

Fr. Alex,

They've got an APB out on me.

Anonymous said...

Sounds corny

monkey momma said...

Do golf carts and funny hats come free with the workshop??

I would like to know what the aluni of the first 2 Citizen's Police acadmy thought of the program, and if they now are better prepared to help their neighbors. Or, are they simply trying to protect themselves FROM their neighbors?

I'd rather Allentown police spend this "academy" time walking around downtown instead of teaching retirees tricks of their trade. That would go a lot further towards building a relationship b/t the community and the police.

LVCI said...

Do we get tasers?

Pamela Varkony said...


My husband "graduated" from the first class and he really enjoyed it. His take on it was that the program is very worthwhile if for no other reason than to make citizens more aware of what to look for in their neighborhoods and how to deal with situations when you find them.

Bottom Line: He thought it was time well spent for him and for our neighborhood group.

Kara said...

I think this is wonderful! It sounds like so far the academy has been successful as well. I do hope they're running in depth background checks on candidates though.

Anonymous said...

Who is Dan McNeil, his name sounds familiar.

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