Atlantic City Police Department to Hold ‘Public Safety Civilian Academy’

By: Joshua Gras, Writer / Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Atlantic City Police Department is hosting a Public Safety Civilian Academy to help residents gain more insight into how public safety officials of the city work.

The academy will be held from March 3 to April 28 at the AC Police Athletic League. The nine-week program will operate from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, and the graduation ceremony is set to take place on April 30.

The ACPD hopes to help citizens understand the limitations that they and other public safety officials, the Atlantic City Fire Department, and the Office of Emergency Management face on a day-to-day basis. Class size will be limited between 15 to 25 people. Masks, temperature checks, and social distancing measures are mandatory as part of attending the classes.

The classes cover a wide range of subjects from learning about drug and gang awareness to how the SWAT teams operate and even the daily operations of fire department station 1.The course is free, but the application process is first come, first serve. Once the vacancies are filled, the Atlantic City Police Department will no longer accept potential students.

Those interested in attending can contact Gail Jasper via email or by calling (609) 347-5478 to find out more information about the course.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.