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Tennessee Highway Patrol Accepting Applications for Citizens' Trooper Academy

Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 03:38am
NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is now accepting applications for the first session of its new Citizens’ Trooper Academy.
 
The nine-week academy consists of approximately 30 hours of training. It is designed to give citizens a better understanding and awareness in the community of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Instructors will use a hands-on approach to educate citizens on the roles and responsibilities of state troopers.
 
“We plan on giving citizens a firsthand look at what state troopers do on a daily basis. We believe the Citizens’ Trooper Academy will help us build a stronger relationship with those we protect and that relationship will ultimately help us make Tennessee safer,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.
 
The first session is scheduled to begin Monday, March 5, 2012 in Nashville. Sessions will be held each following Monday through April 30 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. A graduation ceremony will be held on May 5, 2012. There are plans to expand the Citizens’ Trooper Academy to other parts of the state in the future.
 
Participants must be at least 21 years old, physically able to meet training requirements, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions, sign required waivers and agreements, and have no criminal history. There is one optional overnight stay at the department’s Training Center.
 
Applications are available on the department’s website at www.tn.gov/safety. Citizens may also request an application by sending an email message to email.safety@tn.gov
 
The deadline for registration is February 3, 2012. Applications must be returned by that date for processing.
 
For more information, contact Sergeant Stan Hollandsworth at 615-251-5173 or Shannon Hall at 615-251-5170.
 
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is (www.tn.gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.   
 
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