The Santa Monica Police Department Citizen Police Academy — which is designed to provide an inside look at local police activity — will begin another session Wednesday, November 9th.

The free 11-week program is held one night per week for three hours, and it gives participants an overview of police department functions, responsibilities, and operational procedures.

Classes are taught by police officers, police executives, and highly specialized non-sworn employees of the police department.

Included in the course are demonstrations, discussions, lectures, and personal participation in mock police exercises.

Police units such as the Defensive Tactics Team, Metro Team, K-9, Traffic Enforcement, and Internal Affairs will lead topic discussions.

Participants will also get to tour the police department headquarters in the Public Safety Facility, where a majority of the classes will be held.

The Public Safety Facility is at 333 Olympic Drive, Santa Monica.

Enrollment is open to anyone 21 years old or older who lives, works, or attends school in Santa Monica.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 31st, or until the class is full.

Applications and information are available at the Santa Monica Police Department Community Relations Unit, (310) 458-8474.

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