Though it’s still a few weeks until the first session, now is the time to think about enrolling in the upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy, hosted by the Key West Police Department. Classes are held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. beginning August 3. The Citizen’s Police Academy offers hands-on experience, placing citizens in the shoes of a Key West Police Officer to better understand what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer. Participants learn about the various units – from canine and equestrian to boat and bike patrols. They learn about real life CSI – crime scene investigation – as well as special ops and recruitment. But the heart of the program is the ride-along, which pairs participants with on-duty officers. This first-hand experience shows the class just how complex a job it can be to maintain the peace and public safety of this island city. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call Hillary Hemberger, assistant to the Chief, at (305) 809-1042.