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WR police gear up for Citizen Police Academy

WARNER ROBINS — Want to ride along with a police officer to find out what it’s like to be out on patrol? Then the Citizen Police Academy in Warner Robins may be the ticket for you.

Police are taking registration for the 12-week program that begins March 5. The classes are Thursday nights from 6 to 8 through May 21.

Warner Robins police Capt. John Clay said the program sheds light onto the responsibilities and challenges faced by police officers in a casual setting. When the public deals with officers, it’s most often after being involved in a wreck, or as the victim of crime or after being pulled over for a traffic violation, he said.

“It allows them to see how the police department works,” Clay said. Participants may see how burglaries are investigated, how traffic accidents are worked and what goes on in crime scene analysis, he said.

The program is free and participants do not have to be a resident of Warner Robins. The application process includes a criminal background check and driving history. Classes are held at the Warner Robins Police Department Training Center on Stalnaker Drive off Ga. 247.

For more information, or to register, call 929-7253.