Residents can experience law-enforcement practices

County residents now are able to experience some of the training and specialized experience that law-enforcement officers receive through the Citizens’ Police Academy.

The program is a 12-week experience designed to expose citizens to law-enforcement training and general concepts and responsibilities.

During the 12 evening sessions, participants will hear instruction and have hands-on learning of police procedures and techniques. Participants also will learn about specific topics such as DUI enforcement, use of force, crash and crime scene investigations, traffic stops and more.

The sessions will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning March 7 and continuing until May 23. Most of the sessions will take place at the Loyalsock Township Fire Department on Northway Road.

Participants must be Lycoming County residents, 18 or older and with no criminal history.

People can register by submitting an application available at the state police barracks in Montoursville, or by calling 570-368-5700 and requesting one.

The application must be postmarked no later than Feb. 20.

Class size will be limited to 25 participants who are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once an application is received, the state police conduct a brief criminal background investigation.

There is no cost to attend the program.