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The Albany Police Department is accepting applications for the 2014 Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy will be held Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m., September 2- November 11, 2013. Two Saturday classes are also planned.

The Academy is offered free to Albany citizens age 18 or older and who pass a criminal background check. The Academy is designed to promote awareness and understanding of the Albany Police Department’s role in the community, the criminal justice system, and to educate citizens about the Department’s daily functions and operations.

Citizens will attend 40 hours of interactive classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics include police officer selection, training, and duties; investigation skills; tactical operations; use of force and defensive tactics; canine procedures; firearms use; narcotics investigations; crime scene processing; and crime prevention. Students will be actively involved in a variety of educational, interesting activities.

Online Academy applications are available at https://cityofalbany.wufoo.com/forms/citizens-academy-application/

Limited spaces are available. Completed applications must be returned to the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2013. One credit hour plus tuition costs are available through Linn-Benton Community College upon successful completion of the Academy. For more information, call 541-917-3206.