MLT Police Citizens Academy in danger of being canceled; deadline to apply is Friday

This year’s Mountlake Terrace Police Department Police Citizens Academy is in danger of being canceled due to lack of interest. As of last week, only six people have applied to take part in the 12-week program scheduled to start April 12. City officials said “about 15 to 20” participants would be needed to justify running the academy.

In 2011 there were 19 who completed the program; 18 graduated from the academy in 2010.

The program is made up of 12, three-hour training sessions that provide information and demonstrations by the K-9, SWAT, Narcotics, Records and Evidence Handling divisions of the MLT police department. Participants also experience a “ride-along” with one of the department’s officers.

Registration deadline for those interest in attending the academy is Friday, March 30. Participants must be willing to sign a waiver authorizing a background check for acceptance. Applications are available at the Mountlake Terrace Police Station, 5906-232nd St. S.W., or online here. For additional information, contact Officer Kim Berg at 425-690-8260, Ext. 4418, or at email kberg@ci.mlt.wa.us.

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