Citizen’s Police Academy returns

13 years ago

    Once again the Houlton Police Department is sponsoring a Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). Classes start Thursday, March 10, and will be held every Thursday night for 10 weeks from 6-9 p.m. in the training room at the fire department.
    “We simulate traffic stops, learn about the different types of weapons we have, and we talk about domestic violence,” Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said. “It’s a fun time. All of the officers do not get paid for this, but they always volunteer their time.”
    This is the third year the police department has been hosting this popular program. Multiple area law enforcement agencies provide instructors and demonstrations for the cadets, which gives them a first-hand look at what it is like to be a police officer. Because of the interest in law enforcement among high school students in the Houlton and Hodgdon area, the program will accept students who are juniors and seniors as long as they have permission from their parents or guardians to attend. 
fs-policeacademy-dcx1-pt-8WALK THE LINE — A participant in last year’s CPA walks a line in the sobriety test simulator.
    The CPA covers all facets of the police department’s activities from administration to tactical operations. There is no fee for the program.
    “Come hear the crackling sound of a Taser, experience the effect of being administered field sobriety testing while wearing special goggles and watch a K-9 demonstration,” he said. “This is a chance for officers and citizens to interact, talk and learn from one another. This year, graduates of the program will receive a Houlton Police Department challenge coin.”
    About 13 individuals have already signed up for the program, according to the chief. There is no limit on how many people may participate.
    Applications may be downloaded at or simply walk into the police department to obtain one. For more information, call 532-2287.