Learn what it is like to be an officer during the Decatur Citizens Police Academy

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DECATUR, Ala. - Ever wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? We might be able to help you out.  The Decatur Police Department is accepting applications for this year`s Citizens Police Academy.

The class is free and open to residents of Decatur and the surrounding area.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and are selected on a first-come first-served basis.  It begins September 6 and most classes will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m with graduation scheduled to be on Thursday evening on October 27th.

Most meetings will be in the training room at Decatur Utilities on Central Parkway, but one class will be held at the 911 Center, and another will be held at the Flint Training Center on a Saturday morning.  A third class will be held in the municipal courtroom and will include a tour of the detention facility.

Participants will learn about the various units of the police department and their functions.  Some of the subjects to be covered include DUI, Narcotics, Homeland Security, Financial Crimes, and Traffic.

Upon successful completion of the class, graduates will have an opportunity to ride along with an on-duty officer.  Graduates who are interested in further interaction may become volunteers with the police department.

For more information, call Class Coordinator and DCPAAA President Thomas Barry at 256-301-3139.