Have you participated in the Citizen's Police Academy?

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By Joelyn Hansen

Television shows like Cops and Law and Order make an attempt at depicting reality. But, if you really want to know the true reality of police work you should participate in the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Idaho Falls Police Department is still taking application for the 37th session of the IFPD Citizen’s Police Academy which begins on Sept. 19.

This free 6-week class gives residents an inside look into the interworking of law enforcement as they learn about DUI and traffic enforcement, crime scene investigations, K-9s, building searches, patrol tactics, the SWAT team and the bomb team.

Most importantly class participants will have the opportunity to meet police officers and hear first-hand about what it is like to work and serve with the IFPD.

As a graduate of the Citizen’s Academy I highly recommend this class. Anyone that has ever watched television police shows or is just curious about police officers will thoroughly enjoy this class as they get a better understanding of police work. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

Classes are held every Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. at the IFPD Training Annex Building, located at 740 Park Ave.

Anyone interested in the class is encouraged to visit the IFPD website and click this link“Citizen’s Police Academy” or by stopping by the police station at 605 N. Capital Ave. All applications must be turned into the IFPD by Sept. 12. Space is limited so hurry and apply.