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Teens Invited To Join Westport Youth Citizens Police Academy

A ride-along and classes are part of the Westport Police-Youth Citizens Academy open to high school students in Westport beginning March 1.
A ride-along and classes are part of the Westport Police-Youth Citizens Academy open to high school students in Westport beginning March 1. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. --Students in Westport are invited to join the Youth Citizens' Police Academy beginning March 1.

This is an opportunity young people learn the workings of the police department in the community and laws effecting teens, according to an announcement on the Westport Police Department's Facebook page.

The academy can accommodate up to 24 Westport high school students.

Classes will cover various aspects of law enforcement.

The instructors are trained and experienced Westport Police officers.

In addition to classes, there will be a “ride-a-long” with an officer from the patrol division.

The classes will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for five weeks and cover different divisions and specialized units of the department as well as how the department operates.

Participation also enables students to get to know police officers and discuss issues affecting the community.

To register, contact Westport D.A.R.E. Officer Ned Batlin or Detective Commander Lieutenant Jillian Cabana at 203-341-6000.

Applications can also be found in the lobby of the police department and are due by Feb. 20.

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