For Fort Collins residents looking to learn about how their police services works the annual Citizen Police Academy might be just the place.
The Fort Collins Police Services is now accepting applications for the academy beginning Sept. 11.
Officers teach each of the 11 sessions meeting one night a week for 11 weeks. The academy provides a brief overview of how the police department works, said Sgt. Joel Tower.
“It’s a great opportunity if people are interested in learning about their police (department),” he said.
Training topics range from the departments K-9 unit, gang unit and crime scene investigations to officer survival techniques, the District One project and more, according to a press release.
Sgt. Tower notes that many citizens get their information about police from television and that can be inaccurate, while newspapers don’t always tell the whole story.
“This is a great opportunity to see the other side,” he said.
In order to be eligible for the academy applicants must be 18 years old, pass a background check and commit to attend all training sessions, Tower said.
Applications are available in the administration wing of FCPS. Space is limited to 20 people and applications are due by Aug. 15.
For more information contact Sgt. Tower at 221-6832.