Take a ride-along with officers, process evidence and learn to investigate crimes during a12-week course offered for free by the Sierra Vista Police Department.

The Citizen Police Academy gives civilians a glimpse at the work of Sierra Vista police officers.

Applications are being accepted for the 12-week academy, which begins August 6 and meets from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday in the Sierra Vista Police Auditorium at the police station, 911 N. Coronado Drive. The academy is free and open to anyone age 18 and older.

Students will tour the police station and the animal care center; meet K-9 officers and members of the tactical team; get hands-on simulated weapons training; help with evidence processing; observe 911 dispatchers answering emergency calls; and take a ride-along with police officers.

Students also will learn about traffic accident investigations, gang activity, constitutional law, arrest and control techniques, drug investigations and DUI enforcement.

Applications must be received June 20 and class space is limited. Go to www.SierraVistaAZ.gov and search for “academy” for an online application, or pick up a packet from the front desk at the police station.

For more information, call Molly Schmitt at 520-452-7500.