OPD preparing to host citizens academy

The Orono Police Department will be hosting its eighth annual Citizens Police Academy in September.

The academy is open to people who are at least 21 years old and who live, work or own businesses in Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Spring Park. The Citizens Police Academy was established to build on the relationship between the community and police department by increasing participants’ awareness of safety issues in the community and by giving them a better understanding of the issues and risks that shape the way officers perform their duties.

The academy will include eight sessions that will cover narcotics, DWI, safety issues, booking and jail and domestic violence. There will also be interactive sessions on traffic enforcement and use of force including firearms training simulation.

The Citizens Police Academy is scheduled to run Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. from Sept. 5 through graduation on Oct. 24. There is no charge for participation. Class size is limited to allow for more participation time during the hands-on sessions. People who want to attend the academy should fill out an application and return it to the department by Aug. 15. Applications can be found online at www.oronopolice.com. People may also call the department at (952) 249-4700 to request an application.