The Charles County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for its 2017 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, set to begin in September. This 12-week program will begin on September 20, 2017, and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 13, 2017, with the exception of Wednesday, November 22. The classes will be held in the first-floor classroom of the CCSO District 3 Station located at 3670 Leonardtown Road in Waldorf.

"Last year we hosted the Inaugural Class of the Citizens Police Academy, and it was an awesome success," said Sheriff Troy Berry. "A group of citizens had the opportunity to learn about what our job is like, and we got to hear their perspectives on our role in public safety. Through this program, we have developed strong community partners in our CPA alumni and we plan to continue to build those strong relationships."

Participants will learn about a wide range of topics including:

Patrol Procedures

Narcotics Investigations

Forensic Evidence

Criminal Law

Juvenile Issues

Use of Force

Criminal Investigations

Search and Seizure

Participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the CCSO Headquarters, Charles County Detention Center, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, and Crime Lab. Hands-on experiences will include a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing. Participants will have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer's perspective. Participation in the Ride-along Program is not required but is strongly encouraged.

The Citizens Police Academy is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing. Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. This program is free of charge. There are a limited number of seats available, so anyone interested in participating in the CPA should submit their application as soon as possible.

Additional information and applications for the Charles County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy can be found on our website at www.ccso.us/citizens-police-academy. Applications are due no later than August 31, 2017, and should be mailed to:

Charles County Sheriff's Office
6915 Crain Highway
PO Box 189
La Plata, MD 20646
Attn: Human Resources

Additional questions about the program or application process should be directed to Lt. David Kelly or Lt. Charly Baker at 301-609-6487.