Blaine Citizens Academy registration open

The city of Blaine Safety Services Division is now accepting registration for the 2013 Citizens Academy program.

The eight-week hands-on course is an opportunity to learn about police, fire and community standards operations while participating in a variety of exciting and fast-paced activities, all in a safe and fun environment.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 4 to Oct. 23. The academy meets at a different location each week depending on the activities scheduled.

Course topics and hands-on activities include police use of force, motor vehicle extrication, fire fighting, crime prevention, fire prevention, housing maintenance, code compliance, criminal investigations, fire investigations, drug awareness, traffic stops and other emergency response.

Class size is limited and all applicants must pass a criminal history background check.

Applications and further information can be found on the city of Blaine website ( under the Safety Services/Police Department link. You can also call the Blaine Police Department at 763-785-6168.

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