The Scottsboro Police Department is accepting applications for the 22nd Citizen Police Academy.

Classes, which will begin March 10 and run through May 5, will be held from 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Scottsboro City Courtroom.

The academy consists of nine weeks of hands-on and classroom activities designed to give local residents a better understanding of what law enforcement is all about.  There is no charge for the classes.

Citizens will learn about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system and emergency management. Participants personally interact with officers, detectives and other personnel in a non-traditional law enforcement setting.

Topics taught during the academy include police training, roles and responsibilities of officers, use of firearms and deadly force options, criminal investigative skills, traffic laws, crime scene search, communications, narcotics, gang education and specialized units. Some of these classes are hands-on and require student participation. Also included is a six-hour ride along program where the applicant rides with on-duty officers.

Requirements for participants include: must be 21 years of age or older; no criminal record other than minor traffic violations; physically able to meet training requirements; must attend seven of the nine classroom sessions; must complete the ride along (six hours minimum) and must wear appropriate clothing.

Due to the classroom size, the academy may be limited to 32 participants per session. Attending the Citizen Police Academy is a privilege, not a right and participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants will be accepted pending a background check.

All interested in applying for the academy can obtain an application online at scottsboropd.org, or in person at Scottsboro Police Department, located at 916 South Broad Street.

All applications must be completed and returned for approval by Feb. 21.

If you have questions or concerns, you can contact officer Wade Patterson at 256-574-4468 or 256-218-2300.

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