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Maumee Citizens’ Police Academy nears end

MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Students in the Maumee Citizens' Police Academy had the opportunity to ask a judge anything they wanted about the justice system Tuesday night.

As the class nears its end, students are being given a lot of information. On Tuesday, Maumee Municipal Court Judge Gary Byers discussed what goes into his decision-making process, the types of cases he hears, and the overall justice system.

Maumee Detective Corey Sharer also discussed identity theft. He says depending on the type of fraud – anything from credit card theft to identity theft – it can take years to clear up. He shared valuable tips to help students keep from becoming victims.

"Criminals can get information on you based just on your name and address alone," he said. "It's important to shred any important documents and credit card applications and that kind of stuff, because criminals can use that to obtain credit in your name."

A topic on the minds of many was carry and concealed weapons permits. Over the last few years, interest in the permits has increased, but one thing that surprises many is all the rules and regulations that go into it.

"If you're going to carry a weapon, you need to be in the right spirit of the mind, and you need to know that just because you have that weapon, you can't use it just anytime you feel free," explained Sgt. TJ Stratton. "There has to be basically a threat against your life or someone else's - a deadly threat."

The final class will discuss domestic violence, evidence, and drug and alcohol issues.

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