Citizens Police Academy accepting applications
Applications are will be accepted through Jan. 31 for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy.
The weekly classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 19, providing an in-depth look at what the Hot Springs police and Garland County sheriff’s departments do on a daily basis, a news release said.
The 10-week course is offered free of charge to all Garland County residents 18 years of age or older, with no physical requirements.
A news release said it is a mutual communication and learning experience with the goal to demonstrate to local residents the functions of area law enforcement and, at the same time, learn from citizens about important issues and concerns within the community.
The lasting relationships formed through the academy help enable future partnerships to achieve mutual goals, it said.
The academy’s team of instructors includes police officers and other specialized law enforcement personnel who provide in-depth discussions and demonstrations about their individual areas of expertise. The curriculum retains all of the core elements essential for citizens to gain a better understanding of police operations so they can make more informed judgments about their police department, the release said.