Citizen's Police Academy accepting applications

SNELLVILLE - For anyone who has ever played cops and robbers as a little kid, now's your chance to be one of the good guys as an adult. Or at least learn what cops do in real life.

The Snellville Citizen's Police Academy will hold a new session beginning Sept. 3, and the city's police department is now accepting applications for it through the close of business on Aug. 17.

"The Snellville Citizen's Police Academy lets you learn what it is like to be a police officer," Cpl. Joe Barnes said in a released statement. "The academy was designed to educate citizens and business owners of Snellville about their police department and how officers enforce local and state laws."

The 10-week program is free of charge and consists of weekly meetings taking place at the department on Thursday nights.

Some of the topics discussed include: traffic law and traffic stops, DUI investigation, firearms safety, weapons training, building searches and crime scene investigation.

A ride-along program with officers and a tour of the Gwinnett County jail are included in the program's itinerary.

The program is open to all Snellville residents and business owners who are at least 18 years of age and who successfully pass the application process. All applicants must also be subject to a criminal background check and a review of their driving history.

For more information, visit the city's Web site or contact Cpl. Barnes at the department. He can be reached by e-mail at jbarnes@snellville.org.