DUNWOODY, Ga. — The Dunwoody and Brookhaven police departments co-hosted their annual National Night Out on Aug. 6 at the Perimeter Center Target parking lot, an event created to allow residents to interact with their local law enforcement.
The event featured inflatables for children, run by uniformed police officers with music playing, sponsored by 94.9 The Bull. Residents could enjoy free hotdogs and water, provided by Target. Police officers had booths set up where residents could learn more about car safety, forensics and other daily law enforcement duties.
The departments also brought a fire truck and a SWAT vehicle, which officers said they use once a month on average in high intensity situations. Officers said many residents ask where the money comes from to get such a vehicle. The SWAT vehicle and other materials come from a federal grant, not city money.
Dunwoody has participated in the national event since it became a city.
At the event, officers also reminded residents of the upcoming Dunwoody Citizens’ Police Academy, now accepting applications.
Residents of Dunwoody and local business owners over 21 years old are invited to attend the free program to learn about police work through classroom lectures, training scenarios and tours of partner locations, such as ChatComm 911.
Those wishing to attend must submit an application in person at Dunwoody Police Headquarters or email the application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application can be found at dunwoodyga.gov/dunwoodypd.
Applicants must be willing to submit to a criminal history check and a driving record check before being accepted as a student.
The academy begins on Sept. 3 and ends Nov. 12, with classes held every Tuesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Graduation will take place on Nov. 18.