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How you can get a firsthand look at policing

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

If you want to learn more about how police do their jobs, you can next month.

Starting in January, the Burlington Police Department is holding its fourth annual Community Police Academies. There's a six-week series for adults and a four-week one for kids. People will get to see what goes on behind the scenes at the department and see and touch police equipment.

Police say these seminars help foster understanding about what their officers do on a daily basis.

"Some of our community members have bad experiences with us, but they only see that side. But it's also nice to have them come in on a good note and meet us and know who we are on a personal level and not just what goes on for those brief seconds that we deal with them," Burlington Police Cpl. Kevin Wilson said.

Applications for the programs can be found on the Burlington police department's website. They are due by Dec. 19.

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