Gaining a Police Perspective

By Adam Chick

Gaining a Police Perspective

October 10, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM EDT

Binghamton NY (WBNG Binghamton) Participants won't leave with a gun and a badge, but they'll be left with a better understanding of the inner workings of the officers that keep the streets safe.

It's the 37th annual Binghamton Citizens Police Academy, which highlights the city's SWAT team, special investigations unit, computer forensics, CSI and more.

Department officials say they feel it's a good way to let citizens in on exactly what they do on a daily basis.

"This gives the attendees of the class a chance to ask the officers who are out on the street questions about how they operate and why they do the things that they do," said Lt. Michael Whalen.

It's a fairly informal setting, officers say.

It's a free 10-week class that runs every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. until Dec.12.

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