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March 1, 2011 > Community Academy for better informed residents

Community Academy for better informed residents

By Meenu Gupta

Are you a newcomer to Hayward? Here's your chance to get to know your city. Long-Time Resident? You have an opportunity to learn more about your city. Students can apply for a half unit of college credit. The Hayward Police Department offers a Community Academy Program, an 11-week course starting Tuesday, March 1, that gives residents a close look into their community.

A series of classes and discussions will be held once a week for two hours. Each academy consists of eight to twelve sessions at no cost. "The Community Academy provides an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement like traffic, K9 program, SWAT. It is an educational and informative program that allows residents the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City and how it functions," said Gale Bleth, Crime Prevention Specialist, Hayward PD.

Topics include Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving; Neighborhood Alert Program; Home Burglary Prevention; Personal Safety; Police Patrol Structure; Police Ethics and 911 Procedures.

The program promotes open lines of communication between members of the community and the Police Department encouraging a more engaged community. Anyone over 18 years old, a resident of Hayward or someone who works in the city may participate. Participants may miss two sessions and still received a graduation certificate.

Classes fill up quickly, so if you are interested please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Rick Blanton at (510) 293-7026 or write to

Community Academy Program
Tuesdays, March 1 - May 10
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hayward Police Department
Emergency Operations Center
2nd Floor
300 West Winton Ave., Santa Clara St.
(510) 293-7026

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