The free 11-week program will start Tuesday and run through May 20 with classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
The program was designed to inform and educate citizens about issues that face law enforcement efforts in the county, according to Henry County Police Department spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith.
During the program, residents will learn about crime prevention, community based policing, drugs, gangs, traffic enforcement, investigations, firearms safety and the law.
Participants will also tour the county’s jail system.
Smith said the program serves not only to educate the community about police work going on the county, but also to strengthen bonds and relationships between citizens and the police force.
“It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective effort,” he said. “Understanding community-based policing is an important aspect of crime control.”
Smith said having residents and police officers work closely together can benefit the county in many ways.
“Open lines of communication and awareness of the issues going on every day will reduce crime,” he said.
Joni Miller, department assistant, said she hopes past participants will get the word out to the community to join the academy.
“We still have slots available and we know from past classes that the academy is an informative and rewarding experience for our citizens and police officers,” she said.
To print out an application, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/Police/CitizensPoliceAcademy.shtml.
Fill out and return applications to the department at 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. in McDonough.
Applicants must submit to a background check.