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April 26, 2011 > Milpitas Police hosts community education seminar

Milpitas Police hosts community education seminar

Submitted by Sgt. Daryl Sequeira, Milpitas PD
Photo Courtesy of Milpitas PD

Milpitas citizens got a rare chance to view the inner workings of their police department. Police and Community Education seminar (P.A.C.E.S.) program, also known as Citizen's Academy, was held Thursday, April 14, providing community members with an understanding of how the department operates.

According to Officer Asim Qureshi, Milpitas PD, the class was enthusiastic about learning crime prevention methods and asked a variety of questions about the operation of the police department. The first session topics included a presentation from a Police Dispatcher as well as a Detective from the Investigations Bureau. The class was comprised of community members and city volunteers. Chief Dennis Graham and Commander Pang were present at the seminar to welcome the participants to the program.

The program is taught by instructors from within the department. Topics covered include Community Oriented Policing; arrest and control procedures; gangs; high risk vehicle stops; arrest warrant process; police canine; police S.W.A.T. Team; crime prevention and other areas of interest. Through a series of lectures and staged scenarios, citizens will be provided with hands-on training similar to the actual police academy. The ultimate goal of the PACES program is to give citizens a better understanding of the Police Department and help improve the partnership with our community. Next PACES seminar will be held next year.

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