HAYWARD — The police department is starting a new community academy in March.
The free nine-week course gives residents a better understanding of what police do and how the community can play an important role in making Hayward safe place to live.
The academy will meet every Tuesday beginning March 4 through April 29. The two-hour sessions will start at 6:45 p.m. at the new North District Office, soon to open at 22701 Main St. (corner of C and Main streets), the brick building that was the old location of the Hayward Area Historical Society.
Topics may include Neighborhood Alert, police patrol structure, police ethics, robberies and personal safety, narcotics and gangs, the police canine unit, special weapons and tactics (commonly called SWAT), 911 calls and firearms training simulator.
The academy is open to all residents 18 or older, but seating is limited. If interested, contact Gale Bleth at 510-293-7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Fabian, 510-293-1043 or email@example.com.