The Nacogdoches Police Department will revive a program next year to give community members a more up-close look at how it operates.

Applications are available and currently being accepted for 20 residents to participated in the 2020 Citizens’ Police Academy — a free 12-week program running each Tuesday from Feb. 4 through April 21.

“We’re going to try to do as much hands-on training as we can,” said Nacogdoches Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brett Ayres, who is coordinating the program. “We want to immerse the participants into what goes on — the inner workings of how to create a safer community.”

Ayres said each of the courses will be taught by officers who volunteer to lead the sessions, which cover the day-to-day operations. Topics for the classes will include traffic stops, the use of K-9s, driving-while-intoxicated enforcement, pursuits and crime-scene investigation.

“The program takes an in-depth look into law enforcement, and specifically the policies and procedures of the Nacogdoches Police Department,” Ayres said. “It is designed to educate citizens on why we make certain decisions or handle situations in a particular way.”

Each of the classes will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

One of the classes will be taught by officers from the Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Public Safety, which Ayres said is a new addition.

This isn’t the first year the department has hosted the course, though Ayres didn’t know when was the last time it was offered.

The course is free and open to the public, though admission is limited to 20 students. Applications are available at the police department, 312 W Main St., or by calling 936-559-2607.

“We’re extremely excited to be able to put this on for the community again,” he said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of community interest and a lot of applications.”

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