The Swatara Township Police Department is now accepting applications for our 10th annual Citizens Police Academy.  The Citizens Police Academy is open to ALL members of the public.  Our class meets every Monday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Swatara Township Municipal building for a total of 12 weeks.  Each class features a different topic about law enforcement.  This academy is perfect for high school and college students as well as anyone who is exploring a career in law enforcement.  Our academy provides a unique "behind the scenes" look at policing in central Pennsylvania.  Even if you are not interested in a career in law enforcement, but enjoy learning more about our criminal justice system, this is a great program to attend!  In addition to exploring various topics in law enforcement, cadets will have the opportunity to network with other law enforcement professionals within Dauphin County.  Topics of discussion include but are not limited to Patrol Operations, Police Forensics, Use of Force in Law Enforcement, Drug Investigations, Cyber Crimes, Crimes Against Children, DUI and Traffic Enforcement, Police K-9 and Community Services. We also have tours built into the program to include the Dauphin County Court House, Dauphin County Coroners Office and Dauphin County Communications.  Each cadet who completes the academy program is also eligible to participate in a one day ride along with an officer from our Patrol Division.  To apply, applicants must be at least 16 years of age.  Applications are due no later than January 25th.  The first class begins on February 13th.  If you have any questions regarding this program please reach out to Cpl. Pokrop via email at OR you may call us at 717-564-2550 and ask for Community Services.  The Citizens Police Academy is your opportunity to learn about what the police do on a daily basis, engage with our officers and give back to your community by building healthy and trusting relationships with those who serve.  We hope to see you in class!