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Richland Citizen's Police Academy

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Starting January 8th Richland residents will get a chance to join the Citizens' Police Academy.

This is a series of classes that will give any average citizen the chance to learn more about different areas of law enforcement. Several divisions including Swat Team, Bomb Squad, and Crime Prevention Team will give a presentation once or twice a week.

Richland police say the classes average between 30 to 40 people, and they don't stay just inside the classroom there's some hands-on experience as well.

"We try and make it kind of a fun learning environment," said Sergeant Tony Striefel, of Richland Police Department. "They get to go out to our police range and actually experience how it is we use our firearms and our different weapon systems," he said.

The classes are offered at no cost to the public. Anyone living within Richland city limits is welcomed to fill out an application. There is also a background check required before you can join this program. The classes will end with a graduation ceremony on March 18th.