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APD: Two civilian classes offered

ALBANY — Interested in law enforcement and how it works? Want to know what it is like to ride in a police car on patrol?

Here is your chance. The 26th annual Citizens Police Academy is accepting applications from the public to take part in the Albany Police Department’s free, 12-week, two-hour sessions to explore the world of law enforcement.

The 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday classes begin March 20 and run through June 5. The classes have been popular and have even given rise to an alumni group.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the city’s website albany.ga.us. The Law Enforcement Center front desk also has applications available at 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

The police are also offering a separate Basic Firearms Safety Course for residents 21-years-old and up. The 8 a.m. March 17 class is scheduled for the LEC community room. Plans call for it to last 8 hours covering Basic handgun safety, legal issues and handling skills for self defense.

A release authorizing the police to conduct a background check on criminal history is necessary for determining eligibility for the course. The paperwork is available at the LEC.

Any questions on the two learning opportunities above may be asked by calling Phyllis Banks at (229) 483-6298.