Citizens Police Academy enrollment opens

The free, 11-week program familiarizes participants with police work and the legal system.

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The Walla Walla Police Department is enrolling local residents for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy.

The 11-week program starts in November and is designed to help participants understand police work and the legal system. It also gives participants a chance to connect with law enforcement on a continuing basis.

The program is free and is open to those 18 and older. Sessions start Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and run three hours on Tuesdays.

Topics slated for coverage include criminal investigations, drug/gang investigations, patrol, K-9 unit, firearms and use of force, crime-scene investigations, evidence collection and storage, court systems and emergency management.

Participants will tour local law enforcement and justice facilities.

They'll also have a day on the range with various weapons demonstrations and a ride-along opportunity.

Those interested in enrolling must apply at the Walla Walla Police Department by Nov. 3. Electronic applications are available at the city's website under "police" and "citizens academy."

Applications can also be picked up at the department, 15 N. Third Ave.

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