The Utica Police Department is once again opening applications for their Citizens Police Academy, for ordinary civilians to learn a bit more about the police force.
The Citizens Police Academy will run for nine weeks between Jan. 28 and March 25. They will meet Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Utica Police Department.
The classes will feature topics like patrol operations, K-9 duties, the SWAT team, and department policies, as well as in depth looks into criminal investigations and crime scene analysis. The class will also include hands-on, interactive training and a live firearms training simulator.
Program instructors are sworn officers with the Utica Police. Participants in the class will receive a certificate of completion at the end.
Applicants must be at least 18-years-old. The application is available at the department’s web page at www.cityofutica.com. Sgt. James Laurey can be reached for more information at 315-792-5646.
Officials note that attending the Citizens Police Academy is not part of the process to becoming an actual police officer.
The Rome Police Department also offers an annual Civilian Police Academy.