Citizens academy now taking reservations

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Police Chief Sam Spiegel and Fire Chief Dan Haverty invite the public to attend the annual Folsom Citizen’s Academy. Classes begin March 10 and run for 10 weeks at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. The educational program designed to create a greater understanding and trust between public safety agencies and the residents of Folsom. Guest agencies participate in the program to provide information on their services. The academy is the basic training required for the CAPS (Citizen’s Assisting Public Safety) Volunteer Program. More than 380 residents have attended the academy classes and there are currently 80 members in the CAPS program. The Folsom Police Department covers topics such as Use of Force, CSI, Identity theft, 911 reporting, SWAT, Narcotics, and K-9 and Mounted Demonstrations. The Folsom Fire Department teaches classes on EMS and Disaster Preparedness. Topic such as Code Enforcement, Animal Control, Water Management and Traffic Safety are taught by other city agencies. Further training for applicants of the volunteer program includes a ride-a-long with both Police and Fire, and a sit-a-long in the Communications Center. The academy is open to Folsom area residents, 21 years and older. Reservations are required and class size is limited. Applications are available at the Folsom Police Department, 46 Natoma St., and at Fire Station 35, 535 Glenn Drive. You must apply in person. The final filing date is Friday, Feb. 19. For more information, visit or call the CAPS desk at 351-3536. ~ Staff report