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Citizen Police AcademySubmitted: 02/11/2013
RHINELANDER - Some people get nervous around police officers. That's probably because it's their job to enforce the law. Next month, the Rhinelander Police department host's the 6th Annual Citizen's academy.

It's an 8-week course that gives people a chance to see what it takes to be an officer.

Officer Chad Brown has been here since the program started. Besides learning police duties, he said it's a chance to relate.

"There is a stigma that goes along with police officers. A lot of people don't have understanding police officers. We actually are humans, we have families, and we are parents. So they get to know us on a personal level.

And if solving crimes is something you like, there's plenty of detective work involved.

"They also learn what to look for in the community. A big part of police work is solved by people in the community. A lot of our crimes are solved by community reports."

If you're interested in signing up you need to register soon, they only select 12-people to take part.

Courses start March 7th.


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