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Yakima Police Taking Applications for Citizens Academy

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Think you have what it takes to make the streets of Yakima safer? The Yakima Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizens Academy. 

The academy will cover a wide range of police activities, including gang enforcement, the YPD K-9 program, traffic enforcement, firearms, the YPD SWAT team, forensics, narcotics, criminal investigations, and the operational structure of the YPD.

The police department will hold the free, 2-hour citizen academy classes on Tuesday nights for eight weeks. The classes will start April 9th in the YPD Special Operations Building at 207 S. 3rd Street. The academy will also offer an optional Saturday class at a shooting range.

The 2012 Yakima Citizens Survey found that community members wanted the city to improve public safety. As part of the effort to do so, the city is now bringing back the Yakima Police Department Citizens Academy.

 You must be at least 18-years-old and pass a back ground check to take part in the course. Enrollment is on a first come basis. Applications should be submitted by Friday, April 5th.  

You can pick up an application at the Yakima Police Department, or contact Sergeant Linda Watts by phone at 575-6158 or by e-mail at linda.watts@yakimawa.gov