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Demand spurs Snellville Citizen Academy No. 2

SNELLVILLE - Back by popular demand, the Snellville Police Department's version of Cop Stuff 101 will begin an encore performance in September.

Snellville police are recruiting average residents for an extra line of defense in combating crime in the city. Enter: The 2009 Citizens Police Academy, Part Deux.

Beginning Sept. 3, the career-friendly academy is held for 10 sessions between 6 and 8 p.m. each Thursday. It's free.

The second session marks the first time Snellville police have hosted two academies in the same calendar year.

"We had overwhelming success in our first one last winter," said Snellville police Cpl. Joe Barnes, the coordinator. "We had some overflow so we're going to run another one."

The academy is designed to give residents insight into day-to-day police operations. Classes feature lectures, hands-on policing exercises and police ride-alongs, taught by 15 to 20 off-duty cops who volunteer to teach and role-play. A graduation banquet for all participants is planned at the academy's conclusion.

Class size is limited to about 20. The deadline to apply is Aug. 17.

The academy is open to anyone over 18 years, and applicants don't necessarily have to live within Snellville city limits. All applicants must submit to a brief background and criminal history check, Barnes said.

Duluth and Suwanee police have hosted similar academies in recent months.

Applications are available at Snellville City Hall and the police department. For more information, or to have an application mailed or faxed, call Cpl. Joe Barnes at 770-985-3560 or e-mail jbarnes@snellville.org.