Want to know what it takes to be a cop? Want to know how a Police Department runs, and what police officers experience on the job?

You’re in luck, then: The Milpitas Police Department is soon launching a 2019 Citizen’s Police Academy. This 3-week course, which is available to community members for FREE, will educate people on the field of law enforcement.

When? May 6 to May 22, 2019 — every Monday and Wednesday from 6PM to 9:30PM.

We’re talking lectures, we’re talking staged scenarios, we’re talking hands-on exercises. Those who show up to participate will undergo training not unlike the real thing experienced by actual police officers. You’ll get to learn about Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), DUI Detection, Building Searches, Canines, Human Trafficking, and a philosophy called “Run, Hide, Fight” — among other pertinent law enforcement topics.

Space is limited, so if you want in, don’t waste time. You can give a holler to MPD’s Sergeant Bryan Hinkley to learn more: (408) 586-2527 /

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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