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Alhambra police to offer first training academy for residents in Mandarin Chinese

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Alhambra , CA United States

The Alhambra Police Department is offering its first Citizens Academy in Mandarin Chinese, seeking to train participants from Alhambra’s Chinese community to assist with certain department operations.

The Citizens Academy will run every Wednesday from May 16 through June 20 and will include classes on patrolling, homeless outreach, officer safety and narcotics. Graduates are eligible to help Alhambra police officers with park patrols, vacation checks, community event support and other opportunities.

“[The goal is] to build upon our relationship with our Chinese speaking population, specifically those who speak Mandarin,” said Jessica Cuchilla, crime prevention specialist at the Alhambra Police Department, in an email.

Those who are interested in applying should check out full details below, as well as the English and Mandarin flyers included with this article.


The Alhambra Police Department is pleased to announce a new addition to its popular Citizens Academy. This spring, for the first time, the Alhambra Police Department is conducting a Citizens Academy in Chinese/Mandarin. The department is currently accepting applications to its 2018 Citizens Academy Chinese/Mandarin session.

The Citizens Academy is a six-week course designed to introduce the principles and practices of a modern day municipal law enforcement agency to members of the community. Academy sessions, such as Patrol Operations, Homeless Outreach and Engagement Policing, Officer Safety, Narcotics, and others, are taught by law enforcement officers. Participants will have a class of Self-Defense Training and be invited to ride along with a patrol officer on duty. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Alhambra Police Department between May 16, 2018, and June 20, 2018.

Many past Citizens Academy participants have noted their special enjoyment of the interactive aspects of the course, such as participating in Officer Safety Scenario Exercises, where participants have the opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of police officers, and participating in a ride along, where they got to actually ride on patrol with an officer on duty throughout the community.

Other graduates have used their Citizens Academy experience to kick-off their participation in the “Alhambra Citizens on Patrol” program. As Alhambra Police Department Volunteers, they assist the Alhambra Police Department with valuable administrative and operational functions. These include park patrols, vacation checks, and supporting a variety of community events and celebrations, among other opportunities that arise.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your community awareness and be a part of the Alhambra Police Department’s Citizens Academy beginning on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Deadline to submit the application is April 25, 2018.

Alhambra residents and business persons interested in attending the Alhambra Police Department Citizens Academy must be at least 18 years of age and submit an application to the Alhambra Police Department. Applicants with outstanding warrants, pending criminal court cases, a serious misdemeanor conviction, or any felony conviction, will not be invited to participate in the Citizens Academy. For more information and an application, contact the Crime Prevention Office (626) 570-5177 or crimeprevention@alhambrapd.org. You may also fill out the application at www.cityofalhambra.org – on the Alhambra Police Home Page, scroll-down and click-on Citizen’s Academy.

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