Residents who want an inside look at the daily duties of a police officer have an opportunity to thanks to the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

EPD spokesman Chris Den­ham said the academy, which begins Aug. 22, is an opportunity to experience various aspects of law enforcement.

Participants learn about criminal investigations, drug enforcement, patrol operations, the Special Response Team and crisis negotiations. Participants also will experience the department’s response to resistance stimulator and a ride-along with a police officer during a shift.

Through a series of meetings, participants are provided a chance to learn aspects of the agency.

Denham said the objective of the aca­demy is to produce informed residents.

The group meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Thursday from Aug. 22 through Oct. 17.

Upon completion, parti­ci­pants also can become invol­ved in the Citizens Police Aca­­de­my Alumni Association, a program started in 2012 for graduates who wish to remain involved with the department.

Denham said spots in the academy fill quickly. Anyone interested should soon submit an application.

Applications can be found at or picked up at the police department, 300 S. Mulberry St. Residents also can contact Denham for an application.

Applicants must be 18 years or older.

For information, email Denham at

Mary Alford can be reached 270-505-1741 or

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