The community is invited to participate in the upcoming Waxahachie Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

Applications are available at the department, 216 N. College St., or by contacting community services officer Wess Winn at (972) 937-9940, ext. 216.

“We want to provide information to the public about the inner workings of a police department,” Winn said. “Our goal is to help dispel some of the suspicions and misconceptions about police work through education and awareness. Our primary goal is to build a rapport with the public.”

The academy will run from July 26-Sept. 27, meeting from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays at various sites depending on the topic. Sessions will be held on SWAT (special weapons and tactics), communications, criminal investigation division, firearms, patrol procedures, crime prevention and other areas of police work.

Participants are asked to attend every meeting of the 10-week academy. They will receive a certificate upon completion and will also be eligible to join the department’s Citizens on Patrol.

Participants in the academy must be at least 21 years of age and a Waxahachie resident or a person who works in Waxahachie. Participants’ applications will go through a background check prior to final approval for joining the class. There is no charge to participate.

“We want to provide a better understanding of the things police officers do every day, from the patrolman up to the chief,” Winn said. “We want people to better understand we need extra eyes on the street because there is so much to cover. Hopefully, participants will become more involved with crime prevention in Waxahachie.”

The department’s community services division also includes programs such as the Police Explorers, Neighborhood Crime Watch and Citizens on Patrol.

For more information on the academy or any of the division’s other programs, contact Winn at (972) 937-9940.