Young Citizen’s Police Academy Accepting Applicants

The Selma Police Department has announced the dates and sign up period for their annual Young Citizen’s Police Academy.

Selma-Police-File-PhotoPolice Chief R.A. Cooper said the program is designed to give teenagers, citizens, and business owners a chance to develop a positive understanding of what the Selma Police Department does by learning first-hand how it’s done. The innovative plan will be a collaboration between the teenagers, citizens, business owners, and police that will identify problems, generate community-oriented solutions, and build the kind of trust that will eliminate the “us and them” syndrome, while creating a more unified community.

The police academy is a free 7 week course that will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Selma Police Department. The class will meet from April 12th through May 24th.

Anyone age 13-17 will be considered first and must have a parent or guardian to sign granting permission to participate. If space allows, other residents and business owners in Selma will be considered.  And remaining seats can be filled by applicants who live outside of Selma.  Applicants will undergo a criminal background check.

The class is limited to 20 participants. Applications are available at the Selma Police Department, Selma Town Hall, Selma Public Library, or on the town’s website.  The deadline for applications in Tuesday, April 5th.