ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County citizens will be able to experience days in the lives of different county department officers for 12 weeks starting May 1, every Tuesday from 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
The Albany Police Department Citizen's Academy (APDCA) is an effort of the Albany Police Department to advance the knowledge and understanding of our community in regards to the functions, training, and operations of the police department.
It's about educating the citizens of Dougherty County so they can see how difficult it is for Albany police on a daily basis.
This is the ninth year for the Citizen's Academy and its 34th session.
Participants in the academy will learn about various topics such as 911 communications, drug awareness, crime scene evidence collection, firearms training and more.
Majority of the classes will be held at the Albany Police Headquarters at 201 West Oglethorpe Blvd. and the Albany Police Community Relations Center at 530 West Broad Avenue.
"The public needs to have a better understanding of the things we do. This will make a better relationship between officers and the community" said APD Corporal Dillard Glover.
Participants will also get to ride along with an officer for two hours to see first hand what officers do.
After the completion of each session, each participant will graduate and receive a diploma from the APDCPA.
The academy is free and open to the public.
The application process and background checks will be conducted at the Albany Police Headquarters.
Applications and sign up are due Wednesday, April 25 at 5 p.m.
For more information, call Cpl. Dillard Glover at (229)431-2100 ext. 2789 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
For qualifications and application, click here.