The Paducah Police Department is taking applications for its 2019 Citizens' Police Academy, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 17.

The Citizens' Police Academy is a free program for those 18 or older who live in Paducah, McCracken County or the surrounding area. Classes are held on Tuesday nights for seven weeks. The class size is limited.

Academy attendees are exposed to some of the same training that police officers receive and they see presentations from the department's K9 units, bomb squad, SWAT team and others. They also participate in a mock crime scene investigation and visit the firearms range.

The classes expose citizens to a number of current law enforcement issues and the latest Paducah Police Department procedures.

The Citizens' Police Academy was formed in 2002 to give people a better understanding of the inner workings of the department. The program has graduated 23 classes with more than 350 citizens.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 6. Applications will be completed and submitted online only.

For more information, contact Community Resource Officer Gretchen Morgan at gmorgan@paducahky.gov or 270-444-8534. The application is available on the city of Paducah's website at paducahky.gov/citizens-police-academy-and-junior-cpa.

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