The Pleasanton Police Department is looking for residents interested in learning more about the department by taking part in its annual Citizens' Police Academy.
The academy aims to foster closer partnerships within the community through education and exposure to law enforcement procedures, as well as highlight the importance of community engagement in policing, according to the department.
"This unique experience allows members of the police department to connect with residents in a way that's often difficult to achieve when responding to calls. The academy provides a relaxed setting where police and residents can learn from each other," said Shannon Whitaker, community relations coordinator.
The 15-week program covers police topics such as animal services, crime prevention, patrol procedures, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, SWAT, police K-9s, use of force, radio communications and narcotics investigations.
Applications are due back to the department by Dec. 14.
The program is open only to adults and enrollment is limited to those who live or work in the city of Pleasanton. Applicants must be free of any felony convictions, have no misdemeanor arrests within one year of applying, and successfully complete a background investigation.
Applications are available at the front counter of the Pleasanton Police Department, located at 4833 Bernal Ave., or online at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov. Any questions can be directed to academy coordinator Sgt. Julie Fragomeli via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.