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From left, Nassau Police officers Linda Brymer, Danny Hastings and Sgt. Michael Savino demonstrate how they perform in an "active shooter" situation during a session of the Nassau civilian police academy April 3, 2014. The 16-week class, funded by the police foundation, teaches residents about various aspects of the police department and its work.(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

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Civilians learn police technique

The Nassau police civilian academy, which started in 1997 as a way to teach the public about policing practices, began holding classes in February -- seven years after it became a county budget casualty. The 15-week seminar, which covers topics such as gangs, drunken driving and the use of technology to fight crime, was last held in 2007.

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