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Applications being accepted for Snellville Citizens Police Academy

Snellville residents can learn how to be crime stoppers in the upcoming Citizens Police Academy.

Held twice a year, the 12-week program is designed to educate the public about the police department and how the community can be a partner in detering crime, a press release said.

Applications are being accepted for this spring’s class, which begins March 27. In general, the class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. each Thursday, but one Saturday class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at a gun range.

“The Citizens Police Academy is the single best program undertaken by police officers to build partnerships in our community in order to improve relationships and how we can work together to deter crime,” Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said. “Once the participants have graduated, they become ambassadors in the community for our officers and our department. Together, we foster a positive interactive relationship with the citizens we serve.”

In addition to discussion on law enforcement topics, participants can engage in practical exercises with police officers. Topics include domestic violence, drug awareness, traffic stops, firearms training and crime scene processing, as well as a tour of the Gwinnett County Jail.

The free program is open to all Snellville-area residents 18 and older, the release said. Applications are available at www.snellville.org or at the police department, located at 2315 Wisteria Drive. A background check will be conducted on all applicants.

For more information, call class coordinator Sgt. Rob Pendleton at 770-985-3555 or rpendleton@snellville.org.