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The Southampton Town Police Department will hold a civilian academy program beginning Jan. 26. The academy will run for 14 weeks, one night per week, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Southampton Town Police Headquarters in Hampton Bays.

Classes are held on various topics including: laws of arrest, search and seizure, use of force, driving while intoxicated, narcotics enforcement, domestic violence, investigations, gangs, and more. Additionally, students have the option of riding along with police officers for a tour of duty and attending a demonstration at the police firearms range and emergency vehicle operations course.

The purpose of the academy is to bring the police department and the community closer together, Southampton Town Police said in a press release announcing the academy. “It opens up the lines of communication and builds trust between the police and the community. The Civilian Academy dispels misconceptions as to how the Police Department operates and lets the public have a better understanding of what their police can and cannot do,” the department said. There is no physical component to the program.

Seats are limited and Southampton Town residents will be given priority, however consideration for non-town residents will be made pending availability of seating.

To apply please for the academy, contact Lt. Susan Ralph via email at [email protected] A short application will be emailed or mailed to you upon your request. Completed applications will be accepted up until Dec. 20.

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