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Raleigh Police Accepting Applications for First Citizens Police Academy

The Raleigh Police Department is accepting applications for the 2017 Citizens Police Academy. The program is designed to increase transparency and enhance understanding between the community and the police. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of the philosophy, policies and guiding principles of law enforcement, and the ethical conduct requirements that govern police services in our community.

Participants will meet one evening a week for ten weeks beginning April 6. Citizens who enroll will learn about a variety of topics including constitutional law and arrest, search and seizure, non-biased policing, investigative case review, youth services, drug recognition, crisis intervention as well as a reality-based training demonstration.

The application period will close at 5 p.m. on March 10. Enrollment is limited to citizens who are at least 21 years of age. Those who live or work in the city of Raleigh are encouraged to apply. There is no fee for the program; however, the Department requests that applicants be committed to participating for its duration.

For more information, including an on-line application, search “Citizens Police Academy” at, email or call 919-996-1586.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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