Smyrna’s police department will host its first citizens’ police academy starting in May.
The program will run for 11 weeks, beginning May 20, on one night a week and one Saturday. The event times and days aren’t finalized yet, according to Officer Mike Smith with the department.
Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at police operations and learn about criminal investigations, defense tactics, crime scene investigation, police ethics, firearms, juvenile crimes and K-9 operations, among other topics. Some lessons will be in a classroom setting, Smith said, and others will take a more hands-on approach.
All participants must be at least 18 years old and class sizes are limited to 15 people with priority granted to Smyrna residents. There is no cost to participate.
After the group of 15 is determined, the police chief will coordinate the most convenient day of the week for the group to meet, Smith said.
“This is Chief (David) Lee’s way of showing his dedication and commitment to the community,” Smith said. “It’s a way to allow the police department and community to get better acquainted and for the public to learn the reasons and tactics for handling legal situations.”