Registration is now open for the Cheyenne Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The academy, which is free and open to the public, begins Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 16.

"The goal of it is to show citizens what it's like to be an officer and get the citizens to be more involved with the department," said Officer Kevin Malatesta.

The academy will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be two Saturday field classes conducted for firearms and crime scene investigation training.

"The curriculum will include training and applications of constitutional law, criminal investigations, human trafficking as well as crime scene processing," said Malatesta.

"Students will actively learn about defensive tactics, traffic enforcement, pursuits and firearms familiarization," he added. "Several practical exercises will be conducted so students can actually perform many elements of everyday law enforcement."

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, agree to a background check, have a valid driver's license and sign a liability waiver.

Citizens can apply online at http://www.cheyennepd.org/CPA. Registration will be open until Aug. 28 or whenever the first 30 valid applicants sign up.

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