Chief Nick Smith said the purpose of the program is to educate residents on the inner workings of the department and to gain a better understanding of law enforcement in general. “I believe that the more we educate community members to work with law enforcement, the safer we can make our community by working together,” Smith said.
The Academy is not an offer of employment.
Topics to be covered during the four-week session include defensive tactics, CPR, firearm safety, Alabama’s new gun law and an overview of civil and criminal law.
The Public Safety Academy will meet each Thursday at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Meetings will last for approximately an hour.
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate and a T-shirt. Spots are limited. Applications are available at the police department.
Applicants must be at least 19 years old and have no prior felony convictions or pending criminal charges.
Smith said minors may participate in Thursday’s class on defensive tactics as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call 483-7100.