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Telford and Wrekin Citizens' Academy

West Mercia Police is offering people in Telford and Wrekin an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens' Academy.

This programme provides local people over the age of 18 with a unique insight into West Mercia Police's work to protect people from harm, and improve residents' quality of life.

Members of the public can support the work of the police and their partner agencies by enrolling in the ten-week Citizens' Academy programme, to be held at Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT), Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2NP.

Police officers, police staff and supporting agencies/organisations will deliver presentations on key topics every Monday evening, from 6.00pm-8.30pm, starting on 27 September - 29 November 2016.

What will you get from the course?

Students completing the programme will graduate from the Citizens' Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.

It is hoped that students will pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community, or become special constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

The course will cover a range of policing functions/roles including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as other key departments. There may be opportunities for students to experience ride-alongs with police officers and to visit a police station.

Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to them to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

How to apply for the Telford and Wrekin Citizens' Academy

If you live in Telford and Wrekin, are at least 18 years of age and would like to apply to be part of this exciting new venture, please complete the attached application form and either email it to Telfordcitizensacademy@westmerica.pnn.police.uk or hand your completed form in to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team officer. Details of your Safer Neighbourhood Team can be found by visiting https://www.westmercia.police.uk/telfordandwrekinpolice

You can also hand your form in at your local police station.

Criteria will be applied to the selection process and successful applicants will be subject to security checks. The eligibility criteria include:

• Your age (minimum age 18 years),

• Preferably that you have no previous links/employment with the police or the criminal justice system

• If you have any previous convictions

• Whether you are a malicious or persistent complainant

• The reason for your application

• Whether you are in relevant policing/force area.

Applicants who have been invited to join the course will be asked to bring proof of identity along to the first session for checking when they register on to the course.

Students must sign Official Secrets Act forms to cover their involvement on ride-alongs. They will also be asked to give permission for their photographs to be used in any publicity. Lack of consent from a student to use photographs of them in publicity is not a reason to bar them from joining the course.

The final date for application to be received is Thursday 1 September 2016.