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City Opening Spanish Citizens Police Academy

City Opening Spanish Citizens Police Academy

The Allentown Police Department is accepting applications for its first Spanish-language edition Citizens Police Academy.

Mayor Ray O’Connell, City Council Vice President Cynthia Mota and Police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. made the announcement this afternoon at a news conference in City Council Chambers  

This training is not designed to certify citizens to perform Law Enforcement services. Its purpose is to enhance community relations and provide citizens with insight into the Criminal Justice System.

O’Connell said, “In the past we have found that many citizens have simply seen a uniform, but through this program we hope now our Spanish-speaking residents can gain a better understanding about the rules, regulations and policies the police follow and come to understand the person behind the badge.”

The Academy will run Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning the first week of May 2021 for a period of several weeks.

The academy classes will be held at the Allentown Police Academy, 2110 Park Drive, Allentown, PA 18103.

Topics will include:

  • Crime Scene Processing
  • K9/Explosives Dog Demonstration
  • Youth Division
  • School Resource Officers
  • Defensive Tactics - Use of Force
  • Traffic - Bikes, Motorcycles & DUI Arrests
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Police Scenarios
  • History of the Academy - Training, Certifications, etc.
  • Vice & Intelligence Search and Seizure
  • Firearms & Firearms Safety
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Gang Unit
  • Lehigh County Coroner
  • APD Hiring Process, Polygraph, etc.
  • Computer Crime Lab
  • Body-Worn and In-Car Cameras

Information and applications can be found on the Allentown Police website - or at the City Hall Information Desk.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 12, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

For questions, contact the APD Community Outreach Division at 610-437-7721 ext. 2  or email

Attendance is limited. Allentown residents and Crime Watch group members will be given priority.


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