The Atlanta Police Department is seeking participants for the Citizens Police Academy. Sgt. Greg Lyon said the  Citizens Police Academy will provide a hands-on opportunity to educate Atlantans on the operations of the department, which will allow APD to obtain valuable feedback to enhance police and community relations.

The Citizens Police Academy will include more than 30 hours of instruction taught in three-hour sessions. Participation requires a commitment of three hours, one night a week, for seven weeks. The training includes classroom courses in crime scenes, a department overview and a zone ride-a-long. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to to 9 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Oct. 2. Classes are held at the Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy, 180 Southside Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, 30354.

Interested citizens can apply by contacting Lt. J. Durant at the Atlanta Police Academy at (404) 209-5250 or jdurant@atlantaga.gov. The deadline for application is Monday, Sept. 23. Participants must be a resident of the metropolitan Atlanta area, be at least 21 years old, and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions within one year of application. A standard background check will be completed.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.