DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Everyone has seen too many cop shows on TV, but few outside law enforcement know what being an LAPD officer really entails. Starting this month, some interested Downtown individuals will get the chance.
March 27 marks the opening of the Central Area Community Police Academy, a sort-of 11-week course in the nuts and bolts of policing. The sessions, which run Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., will offer instruction on the organization and history of the LAPD, constitutional policing and patrol and detective operations. Other classes focus on driving and handcuffing techniques, and there are even opportunities to shoot on a firing range and in a police training simulator. “It is everything we do in a compact period,” said Jack Richter, a Downtown senior lead officer. “At the end, people always say, ‘I had no idea that’s what you guys do.” The course is free and participants must be 18 or older and live, work or go to school in Central Area. For information and registration, contact Queta Mellinger at (213) 486-1169 or Officer Efrain Zepeda at (213) 486-1160.
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