Gwinnett County residents interested in learning about the Gwinnett County Police Department can submit an application to take part in the agency's next Citizen's Police Academy until Aug. 12.
Citizens can learn about various aspects of the agency during the academy, which runs from Sept. 6 to Oct. 20 on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Some topics citizens will learn about during the academy include crime prevention, 911 communications, criminal investigations, gangs, K-9, SWAT, crime scene investigations, aviation, bomb squad, accident investigation unit, DUI enforcement, active threats, emergency vehicle operations, traffic enforcement and use of force.
Sgt. Eric Rooks with the Gwinnett County Police Department's Community Affairs Section said the academy is typically held twice a year.
"It's a great opportunity for folks to come out and learn about the Gwinnett County Police Department," Rooks said. "We also want to really make that we create that open dialogue with our community, so that they become ambassadors for us in the good work that we do in the community every day."
Rooks said the classes typically consist of about 30 to 35 citizens. He said the citizens all have favorite portions from the class.
"One of the highlights for a lot of the people that are involved is, if they choose to, they can do a ride along on shift with an officer somewhere in the county," Rooks said.
Gwinnett County citizens can find an application for the Citizen's Police Academy here. Once filled out, the form can be sent to Rooks by email at [email protected] It can also be mailed to Gwinnett County Police, Community Affairs Section, P.O. Box 602, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
More information about the academy can be found here.