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Third Citizen’s Police Academy

by Sgt. Matthew Waugh

The Holliston Police Department has scheduled its third Citizen’s Police Academy for September 14th through November 9th.  The focus of this nine-week academy is to educate citizens about the Holliston Police Department, its organization, operations and role in the community.  Participants gain an understanding of police department responsibilities and the laws that govern it.  The concept of the Citizen's Police Academy involves opening the Holliston Police Department to the public, and showing citizens exactly what we do and how we do it.  Given our commitment to the community and proactive problem solving, we see the Citizen's Police Academy as an effective way of bringing law enforcement and the public together in an informal, educational forum

As a result of attending, graduates of the Citizens Police Academy will be better equipped to assess safety issues and share with others their knowledge of law enforcement practices and policies.  Classes will be taught by members of the police department and other individuals in the criminal justice field.  This will be a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program taught by instructors who will share their unique perspective on law enforcement.  Topics covered will include: crime scene investigations, narcotics investigations, traffic crash investigations, traffic enforcement, use of force tactics, firearm simulator, OUI detection and enforcement, and an introduction to the K9 unit.  A police ride-along, which will be individually scheduled, will also be offered prior to graduation.

There is no cost to attend the Academy and it is open to all residents 17 and older.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm-8:30pm in the John E. Johnson Memorial Training Room at the police department.  Background checks are done on all applicants and unsuitable candidates need not apply.  Accepted applicants are expected to attend every class, as space is limited.  Those interested are asked to email Sergeant Matthew Waugh at



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            Last Name First Name M.I.

Home Address:_______________________________________________________________

                        Number Street Apt #


                        Town State Zip Code

Telephone #:__________________________ _______________________________

                        Home/Cell                                Work


Occupation:___________________________ Employer:______________________________


Date Of Birth:_____________________ Social Security (Last 4 Only) #:_________________


Email address:__________________________________________________________________


Important Notice: A criminal records check/background investigation will be conducted on all applicants for the Citizens Police Academy. By signing below, you hereby grant the Holliston Police Department to conduct a criminal history records check/background investigation. The background check will be for Academy purposes and will be kept confidential.


Signature:____________________________ Date:___________________


PLEASE NOTE: Completed applications should be returned as soon as possible to: Sgt. Matthew Waugh at the Holliston Police Department – 550 Washington Street, Holliston, MA 01746 or electronically to

Academy start date:    Wednesday September 14th – 5:30pm to 8:30pm (approx)

  • We anticipate running the academy for nine weeks with a graduation date of November 9th