Sarasota Police Department Citizens Academy applications available for classes beginning Feb. 12

Participants learn about the various facets of the department over a 10- to 12-week period

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The Sarasota Police Department is making an “all-call” for people interested in taking part in the Sarasota Police Department’s Spring 2019 Citizens Academy.

“Have you ever wanted to learn about the Sarasota Police Department K-9 Unit?” a news release asks. “How about learning more about the Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division or Traffic Unit?” it adds. The Sarasota Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is accepting applications for the spring classes, which will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The hours are 6 until 9 p.m.

The Citizens Academy is a unique opportunity designed to offer the public an opportunity to learn more about the various facets of the Sarasota Police Department, the release explains. The Citizen’s Police Academy meets once a week for 10 to 12 weeks on Tuesdays, from 6 until 9 p.m., at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, located at 2099 Adams Lane in downtown Sarasota.

Participants learn about defensive tactics, traffic stops, K-9 unit efforts, drug awareness, firearms and marine patrol activities, among other work of the department, the release adds.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and have no felony convictions or outstanding warrants, the release points out. A valid driver’s license is required, and applicants are subject to a background check, the release notes.

The Sarasota Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is free. Binders and polo shirts will be provided to participants, the release says.

Applications for the Sarasota Police Department Citizen’s Academy are online at Click on “About Us” and search for “Useful Links” for the application. A person may email or mail a completed application to the Sarasota Police Department (Attention Officer Danny Robbins), 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, FL 34237. For more information, email or call 954-7056 (the Police Department) or Robbins’ cell phone 941-780-2770.