KINGSPORT - No, it won't get you a badge and a gun, but the Kingsport Police Department's Citizens Police Academy will teach you a few things about how the department works.
Community Relations and Crime Prevention Officer Tom Patton said the KPD is now accepting applications to the department's 28th academy, which begins March 5.
The 10-week academy meets each Monday from 7 p.m. to about 9 p.m. at the Justice Center and introduces citizens to all aspects of the police department.
The class forum will involve lecture, demonstrations, audio-visual aids, and hands-on participation.
Topics covered include communications, crime scene investigations, vice and narcotics investigations, use of force, police K9s, collision and DUI investigations, gangs, building searches, traffic stops, explosive ordnance disposal, and SWAT.
Applications are available at the Kingsport Police Department or can be downloaded at the KPD Web site: http://home.naxs.com/kpdweb/citizens.htm.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Feb. 23.
For more information on the Citizens Police Academy visit the above link or contact Patton or any member of the Training Unit at 229-9433.