Learn about guns and dogs on Rugby police course

Police and firefighters are investigating a blaze at a block of flats
Police and firefighters are investigating a blaze at a block of flats

Firearms, Tasers and police dogs are among the topics members of the public can learn about at a special course run by police in Rugby.

The syllabus for the Citizens’ Academy has been revealed this week. Cyber crime, hate crime, crime prevention and many other matters will be covered. Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

Warwickshire Police is inviting people over 18 to take part. Recruitment is now open for the sessions, which start on September 16.

Successful applicants will attend an evening course at Warwickshire College in Technology Drive over 10 weeks. They will receive talks and demonstrations from police officers, specialists and partners including an opportunity to meet and hear from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, Ron Ball.

Upon completion of the course, members of the Rugby Citizens’ Academy will also be offered the opportunity to do one of the following:

• Spend one hour patrolling with an officer or PCSO

• Tour of Rugby Police Station

• Tour of the Operations and Communications Centre at Leek Wootton – where the police take 999 calls

A spokesman said: “These are rare opportunities to see front line policing in action and will allow participants to consolidate their classroom learning and give them a real insight into the challenges of modern day policing.”

Chief Inspector Mike Slemensek said: “We hope the Citizens’ Academy will be an attractive and enlightening experience for people who are interested in policing. We are committed to engaging with our communities in a variety of ways and hope the public will take advantage of this unique opportunity to see how we work to protect people from harm”

If you live in Warwickshire, are at least 18 years of age and would like to apply, email citizensacademyapplications@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk to request an application form.

Alternatively, you can collect an application form from the front counter at Rugby Police Station, Newbold Rd, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2DH.

Places are limited and criteria will be applied to the selection process. Rugby residents will be given priority and successful applicants will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday September 2.