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Hackensack police accepting applications for volunteer citizen officers

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SHOUT OUT: Hackensack police are seeking participants for their volunteer H-COP special police officer program, which gives citizens a firsthand look at law enforcement.

H-COP was launched in 1997 as a community outreach effort that supports the department with additional manpower while offering citizens a better understanding of what it means to be a police officer.

Selected applicants will be enrolled in a Special Law Enforcement Class at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah.

Those who successfully complete the couse will be certified as Class 1 special officers.

They’ll receive additional training by Hackensack officers in: patrol tactics, rules and regulations, traffic control, pepper spray, nightstick, handcuffing and the writing of reports and summonses.

CLICK here for: HACKENSACK PD H-COP application

The H-COP program is open to all U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, with a driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED.

All must complete an H-COP application and pass a police background check and interview process. Those who qualify will then required a physical and psychological exam.

Each candidate buys his or her own uniform but the city reimburses the cost upon successful completion of the Academy and one year of service, which includes at least eight hours of volunteer service per month.

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