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Register NOW for the Orange Police Citizen’s Academy

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Feb 142020
 

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5-minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

A group of 20 pre-registered students will get the answers to these questions and so much more when they take part in the Orange Citizens Police Academy, beginning in April.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

The Orange Police Department is offering an opportunity for citizens to see the inner-workings of a municipal police department.

Classes will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30p-9:00p, beginning April 22, 2020. Classes are held at Orange Police Department Headquarters, 314 Lambert Road in Orange.

The Citizen’s Academy will include subjects such as the history of the Orange Police Department, traffic accident investigation, firearms, court system overview, police patrol procedures, and crime scene processing.

Students also will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer. Each session will be conducted by members of the department deemed knowledgeable in specific areas of the curriculum.

Class size is limited to twenty; all attendees must be eighteen years of age or older. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Orange residents.

For further information, or to register, contact Detective Carolyn Bailey at 203-891-2138, ext. 8246. Registration will be available until April 15, 2020, or until the class is filled, whichever comes first.

This is a great chance for you to learn about the police department that serves you and your community.

Citizen’s Police Academy: Application Deadline is Tomorrow, March 1

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Feb 292016
 

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What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5 minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

For nearly 20 years, the Orange Police Department has been offering residents a unique opportunity to learn different aspects of police work and experience hands-on classes on crime scene investigations, etc.

This 9-week program covers a history of the department (with Chief Robert Gagne), dispatch, lessons on the traffic division; firearms; legal issues in the court system; crime scene processing – fingerprinting techniques; how patrol officers deal with intoxicated drivers; meet the K-9 officers Trent and Loki (and their handlers, of course) and much more.

Classes will take place at the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road, Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning on March 15.

Registration for the 2016 Citizen’s Academy is now open and if history repeats itself, classes fill up quickly.

The class is open to any Orange resident 18 yrs or older with no criminal record. Seats are first come, first served. Residents of the Woodbridge and Bethany will be given priority if any open seats remain.

For additional information, or to register, call Officer Robert Amarone at 203-891-2138 by Tuesday, March 1.

Originally Published on: Feb 23, 2016 @ 15:31

 

 

Citizen’s Academy Students First to Know K-9 Trent’s Accomplishments

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Apr 262015
 

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trant

From the OPD Facebook Page:

The Orange Police Department offered a Citizen’s Academy this Spring to interested area residents.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Officer Mary Bernegger and K-9 Trent made a presentation to the group. Officer Bernegger demonstrated Trent’s ability to locate drugs by scent.

Trent is a Labrador Retriever trained and certified to sniff out marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, hashish, synthetic marijuana (Spice/bath salts), steroids, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), and opiates (heroin).

Officer Bernegger first demonstrated a ‘people search’ using students from the class. Selectwoman Judy Williams volunteered to hold the test drugs while Trent searched all the students by scent.

Trent alerted to the drug location by sitting nearby. Officer Bernegger confirmed the find, then rewarded Trent for his effort. The ‘lineup of suspects’ was shuffled, and Trent located the drugs again.

Trent then demonstrated a more open search by finding test drugs that had been hidden inside a wall cabinet. He alerted to the drugs, and was again rewarded for his efforts.

From his first day just under a year ago to date, Trent has already located over thirty pounds of drugs, all of which were seized by officers and taken off of the streets.

 

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Residents Bond With Orange Police At Citizens’ Academy

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Mar 302015
 

The class of 2015 listen to Chief Gagne's presentation.

The class of 2015 listen to Chief Gagne’s presentation.

The 2015 Orange Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy began on March 11.

This eight-week program provides residents (and some out-of-town participants) with insight to the department’s operations and procedures. Registration filled up quickly this year with 20 interested people, including an Orange selectman and a CERT member participating.

Classes take place every Wednesday evening for 2.5 hours starting with Chief Robert Gagne offering an overview of the administration, department history and hierarchy, and an explanation of his role.

The large group was treated to a tour of the facilities, including the dispatch area, fingerprinting room, sally port, shooting range, conference room, administrator’s and detective’s offices.

Sgt. Ray LaPlante gave an overview of the patrol division explaining everything from the chain of command, to their responsibilities and an introduction to the patrol car.

The second class focused on traffic and accident investigation, investigation procedures and a mock traffic accident.

Also included in this evening was a look at drunken driving enforcement, about the law and an intoxylizer and a “fun” hands on Fatal Vision Demo and roadside sobriety test.

Officer Brian Foote and Detective Harry Burke volunteered their time to run this class.

Session three, last Wednesday had Officer Jonathan DeRubeis in charge showing the class all of the weapons (pistols and rifles) that the patrol officers and SWAT Unit use as well as tasers,

He demonstrated how the taser gun works on a foil target in the pistol range and then showed how their standard issued bullet proof vests can stop a bullet.

At each session, the students ask plenty of questions and gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a police officer in the town of Orange.

Upcoming subjects include crime prevention, DARE, Youth Services, Investigative Services, medical emergencies, K-9 units, and how the court system works.

Register Now For The 2015 Orange Citizens Police Academy

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Jan 282015
 

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 10.20.20 AMHave you ever wondered why a police officer is sitting in his patrol car with the interior lights on?

What is an officer looking for when she patrols a shopping center parking lot?

Is a shoplifting investigation an easy 5 minute job, or can it take several hours to complete?

Why do the Orange Police need all those vehicles? What is that truck used for? Does Orange have a SWAT unit?

You can get the answers to these questions and so much more when you take part in the Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a unique opportunity for regular citizens to see first-hand all the behind the scenes workings of the Orange Police Department.

This is an eight-session course that includes lessons on the traffic division; firearms; legal issues in the court system; crime scene processing – fingerprinting techniques; how patrol officers deal with intoxicated drivers; meet the K-9 officers Trent and Loki (and their handlers, of course) and much more.

The course culminates in a ride-along with a patrol officer during his or her regular shift, during which you will get the feel of what it’s like to be an officer (but you will not be put in harms way).

The class begins on Wednesday, March 11, and will run every Wednesday evening for 8 weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Orange Police Department, 314 Lambert Road.

Registration is first come first served, with preference given to Orange residents. Limited to 20 students. Age 18 and older.

Register by Monday, March 2 by calling Officer Robert Amarone at 203-891-2138 ext. 215.

Historically, classes fill up quickly, so don’t procrastinate.

 

Originally Published on: Jan 19, 2015 @ 10:29