Civilians learn police technique

From left, Nassau Police officers Linda Brymer, Danny

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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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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