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(Willow Springs) – Troop G of the Highway Patrol has announced that the Patrol will once again be conducting a Community Alliance Program beginning Tuesday, September 3, and concluding with an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15.

The program is designed for those possessing a strong interest in learning about the Patrol’s purpose and role within the law enforcement community, and provide personal interaction between the community and the Patrol.

Classes will meet from 6:30-9 PM on each of six consecutive Tuesday evenings, in the meeting room at Troop G Headquarters in Willow Springs. Successful completion of the program will require attendance at each Tuesday evening session, although one absence will be allowed with prior approval from the program coordinator. 20 people who can make the commitment and can pass a background check will be accepted to the program.

Organizers say many evenings will include activities and role-playing exercises that provide participants practical experience. The program will conclude with an awards ceremony at which time awards will be presented to participants who successfully complete the program.

Applications will be accepted through August 5. The program is free. Application forms are available by calling Troop G Headquarters at 417-469-3121.

Tentative Program Curriculum:

September 3 — History of the Patrol. “Tools of the Trade”

September 10 — Traffic Enforcement. “Glorified Traffic Cops?”

September 17 — Aircraft, SWAT, Pursuits, Accident Reconstruction. “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.”

September 24 — Use of Force, Search & Seizure, Drugs. “Gee, trooper, I don’t know where that $2 million came from.”

October 1 — Name 46 reasons why not to mess with a trooper. “Glock”

October 8 — “How much alcohol is too much?”

October 15 — Awards Ceremony

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