ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tuesday, Albany residents were able to take a deeper look into the job of law enforcement.
The Albany Police Department's 12-week citizen police academy kicked off Tuesday evening.
Citizens were able to look at the day to day job for police officers.
The goal is to be more transparent with citizens about what it takes to serve and protect and for four-time participant Donna Macmiller, she keeps coming back for more.
"Each time I come I learn something new each time," said Macmiller.
The 12-week program kicked off with a tour and explanation of each department.
Topics discussed include forensic investigations, drug awareness, 911 communications, and firearms training and more.
"With all of the officer-involved shootings we've had across the country I really think it's important to educate our citizens in the community so they can understand it's not as easy as they say it is," said Corporal Dillard Glover.
Citizens will get hands-on training with a shooting simulator to see in real time how long a police officer has to decide to shoot or not to, and for Macmiller she said she would rather be prepared.
"But you don't ever know. You can't just sweep it under the rug and say we won't have it here but you never know," said Macmiller.
Near the end of the course, students will also get to ride along with an officer for a few hours.
"Most of the time they are going from call to call so by riding around with them for a couple hours you'll get a little experience of what they deal with every day," said Glover.
After completing the 12-week program, each participant will graduate and receive a diploma.
The academy is free and open to the public.
If you didn't sign up for this round, APD plans to hold another academy in the fall.