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THP accepting applications for Citizens' Trooper Academy

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Spring session begins March 1

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is accepting applications for the 2016 Spring Citizens' Trooper Academy. Classes start the week of March 1, with Nashville classes held on Tuesdays at Cumberland University. Sessions will run from 6 until 9 p.m. weekly.

The academy, which consists of approximately 30 hours of training, runs 10 weeks. It is designed to give citizens a better understanding and awareness of THP and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Citizens receive hands-on instruction and training from state troopers and other department personnel. Topics covered include investigations, special operations, homeland security and many other areas of the patrol, as well as driver's license and handgun permit issuance.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence, sign required waivers and agreements and have no criminal history.

Applications are available at or may be requested by sending an e-mail to The deadline to register is Feb. 5. Applications must be returned by that date for processing. To learn more, contact Sgt. Bill Fitzgerald at (615) 743-3907 or Shannon Hall at (615) 251-5170.

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