SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Following the success of the Scarsdale “ Citizens Teen Academy ,” where some of the village’s youngest residents got to don a police badge, the department is reaching out toward some of the area’s oldest residents through a new program.
This week, Scarsdale Police Capt. Thomas Altizio announced the establishment of the Senior Outreach Academy, where senior citizens will have the opportunity to get hands on with the equipment and officers that serve the community each day.
Between 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for four weeks beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and extending through Oct. 25, senior citizens will be exposed to various aspects of police work as they serve elbow-to-elbow with officers at the Scarsdale Police Station.
According to Altizio, the seniors will gain an inside look into the department, where they will learn about the technology and equipment that is used to handle calls and investigate crimes. Participants will also be provided the necessary tools to keep themselves safe and to protect themselves from identity theft and other crimes.
“It is a community relations program specifically for Scarsdale’s senior citizens, designed to help them deal with crimes that target seniors, as well as giving them an inside look at how the department functions, the equipment we utilize and the technology that we employ,” he added. “It will also give participants the opportunity to meet the men and women of the Scarsdale Police Department and provide the opportunity for our officers to interact with the community they serve.”
There is limited availability in the Senior Citizen Police Academy. Those with questions or who are interested in participating can call Det. Sherri Albano at (914) 722-1204.