Citizens Academy to start

SUWANEE - Kids. Jobs. Fate.

For many willing to put their lives in harm's way in the name of the law, a career as a police officer was a road never traveled when life went in another direction.

If you're one of these people, redemption is just around the corner: Classes for the next Suwanee Citizens Police Academy kick off Oct. 2.

The weekly classes - commencing at 6:30 p.m. over eight weeks - give residents an up-close glimpse of what it's like to be a cop and a better understanding of the issues, tactics and risks Suwanee's Finest encounter every shift. The course, ending Nov. 20, covers crime scene processing, traffic stops, responding to burglary calls, crime prevention and narcotics identification.

"The Citizens Police Academy was fantastic," said Sandy York, a program graduate. "The simulated traffic stops and empty building searches were great fun. The ride-alongs were my favorite. An enlightening experience for the Average Joe."

The deadline for notarized applications - found online at www.suwanee.com - is Sept. 26. Participants must be at least 19 years old and preference is given to Suwanee residents or those who work in Suwanee city government.

Fore more information, e-mail Sgt. Elias Casanas at elias@suwanee.com or call her at 770-945-4607 ext. 327.