The Frederick Police Department is accepting applications from residents interested in participating in its annual Citizen Police Academy.

The academy will meet each Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Aug. 7, according to a department press release.

Now in its 26th session, the academy will use both classroom-style instruction and hands-on exercises to teach participants more about the many aspects of law enforcement, including patrol duties, investigative strategies, undercover and tactical operations. Defensive tactics and field sobriety segments will also be included.

A final meeting on Saturday, Sept. 28 will have attendees participaie in role-playing scenarios focused on previously taught subjects to demonstrate the knowledge they've gained.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either live in Frederick County or have a business or business interest in the city of Frederick, according to the release. Applicants are also subject to a background check and should have no serious prior criminal history. Anyone interested should contact Cpl. Daniel Sullivan at 240-432-8547 or by email at dsullivan@frederickmdpolice.org.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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