We’re going to take you to jail, Gardner Police Chief Gerald Cullumber told members of the inaugural Gardner Police Department Citizen’s Academy Sept. 25.
“But we’re going to let you out the same night,” Cullumber told the class of about 15 citizens.
The eight-week academy will give class members a sneak peek into how the police department works. Topics of discussion include firearms and use of force, school resource officer roles, interview and interrogation techniques, and domestic violence.
Class members will tour the jails and do a ride along with local officers.
Police officer Joe O’Lucci said the citizen’s academy will mirror some of the training Gardner Police officers receive at the police academy. O’Lucci said he hopes to expand and continue the program in the future.
The current citizen’s academy will run through the first week of November, but the department hopes to host additional classes each year – one in the spring and one in the fall.