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Seaford Police Offer Citizens Police Academy

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SEAFORD, Del.- Police officers are supposed to protect and serve us, but that becomes increasingly hard when people aren't applying for the job anymore.

Studies show police applications are dropping nationwide. Here on Delmarva, police departments say the candidate pool is slim pickings. 

"I noticed through a process i ran about six months ago that I got about forty applications, which honestly I was expecting about a hundred or two hundred applications, and that's kind of the norm," Seaford Police Chief Robert Kracyla said.

Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley said he's also noticed a slump in applications over the years.

"It always makes it tough, especially when you look at an agency that's small like mine," he said. "We're only allocated 15. I've been with this agency for four years, and we've never even been fully staffed."

But a new program called the Seaford Citizens Police Academy may change that. The academy isn't for official police training, but an opportunity for everyday people to better understand police work.

 "So what our plan is, is to introduce them to everything, current police issues, some scenario based training, some literally where we'd be switching roles where we'd be the bad guys and they'll be the police officers," he said. So the people, "have to make some decisions."

Getting the first-hand experience could change the perception of some who are hesitant about police work, Kracyla said. 

The program will be offered on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 23. The program offers 20 seats. For more information call the Seaford Police Department at 302-629-6644.



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