The Brookhaven Police Department announced its inaugural Hispanic Citizen’s Police Academy. This class is open to adults age 21 and over and runs one night per week for 10 weeks beginning May 19 and running through July 21.

The BPD Citizen’s Police Academy will provide students insight into the basics of police work, the logistics of the police department, and crime prevention programs, said Interim Police Chief Juan Grullon.

“This is a great opportunity to enhance the relationship between our police department and the Spanish-speaking citizens of Brookhaven,” Grullon said. The program is not designed to make police officers out of students but rather to create a growing number of responsible, well-informed citizens with the potential to influence others about the police department’s methods and goals, Grullon said.

Topics include the criminal justice system; constitutional law; patrol division communications / 911; traffic enforcement; accident investigation; community-oriented police services; Criminal Investigations Division; use-of-force; and identity theft/fraud.

The class will meet every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to  9:30 p.m. The first meeting will be held at the Brookhaven Police Department, 2665 Buford Highway, Brookhaven, GA 30324.

Everyone who lives or works in Brookhaven is invited to attend. The class is open for all those over 21 years of age and it is free of charge. A criminal background check is required for all applicants and the Police Department reserves the right to deny enrollment to those with a criminal history. Any questions about the program or the requirements should be directed to Officer Carlos Nino via e-mail carlos.nino@brookhavenga.gov.