It's not too late to sign up for this year's Citizen Police Academy. If you wish to participate:

  • Call the police station during day hours at 425-0909 or stop in. The station's public entrance is at 111 N. Second St.
  • Go online to www.rfcity.org/police and register by e-mail. Follow the link called "Information Page" that guides users to the Citizen Police Academy.

    The Academy is divided into seven free weekly sessions running from Sept. 26 to Nov 7.

    Each is held in the lower level of the public library from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays.

    Police Sgt. Janis Bock, academy supervisor, said seven openings are left in the class. Maximum enrollment is 20.

    In the past, students ranged in age from high school to senior citizen. Bock said students as young as 16 can attend.

    Each Academy session covers different phases of police procedures. Topics range from community policing philosophy, the Reserves, search warrants, sexual assault and fingerprinting to tasers, pepper spray, handcuffing, drunk driving enforcement and police pursuits.

    Different officers -- including sergeants, captain and chief -- make presentations and handle questions each Tuesday night.

    The last session, Nov. 7, includes a graduation reception. Feedback from participants is also taken.

    Over the years scores of local residents have gone through the Citizen Police Academy.

    Police Chief Roger Leque started the annual Academy to promote local awareness about police work and to increase community involvement in crime and its prevention.