Warwickshire Police are offering residents in Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby and North Warwickshire Borough (including Coleshill, Atherstone, Polesworth) an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens' Academy.

This programme provides local people over the age of 16 with a unique insight into Warwickshire Police's work to protect people from harm, and improve residents' quality of life.

Members of the public can support the work of the police and their partner agencies by enrolling in the ten-week Citizens' Academy programme, to be held at Rugby College from 14 January 2020.

Police officers, police staff and supporting agencies/organisations will deliver presentations on key topics every Tuesday evening, from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

What will you get from the course?

Students completing the programme will graduate from the Citizens' Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.

It is hoped that students will pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community, or become special constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

The course will cover a range of policing functions/roles including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as other key departments. There may be opportunities for students to experience ride-alongs with police officers and to visit a police station.

Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to them to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

How to apply for the North Warwickshire Citizens' Academy

If you live in North Warwickshire, are at least 16 years of age, and would like to apply to be part of this exciting new venture, please complete and return the form below and email it or send it to the local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The form can also be handed in at your local police station.

Criteria will be applied to the selection process and successful applicants will be subject to security checks.

The eligibility criteria include:
• Your age (minimum age 16 years)
• Preferably that you have no previous links/employment with the police or the criminal justice system
• If you have any previous convictions
• Whether you are a malicious or persistent complainant
• The reason for your application
• Whether you are in relevant policing/force area.

Applicants who have been invited to join the course will be asked to bring proof of identity along to the first session for checking when they register on to the course.

Students must sign Official Secrets Act forms to cover their involvement on ride-alongs. They will also be asked to give permission for their photographs to be used in any publicity. Lack of consent from a student to use photographs of them in publicity is not a reason to bar them from joining the course.

The final date for applications to be received is Monday, 13 January 2020.