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First Annual 2015 Citizens Police Academy Kicks Off Tomorrow

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A police department is only as good as the community it serves--that's why the Vestal Police Department says it's starting it's first annual Citizens Police Academy.

The program will be held at the Vestal Town Hall from March 5th through May 7th for Vestal residents and non-Vestal residents with children in the Vestal Central School District. The program will cover defensive tactics, drug recognition, DWi and criminal investigation. One Sgt. says educating the public is key.

"The 3 R's. If we can teach them how to better recognize, report and respond to certain incidents within town here, then we'll be successful," said Sgt. Stace Kintner with the Vestal Police Department.

Kintner says that the response from residents has exceeded his and the department's expectations, with 30 individuals already registered.