A look at law enforcement

Applications for Citizen Academy being accepted by the Craig Police Department

— Watching a dog sniff and search a room for drugs.

Inspecting a patrol car.

Practicing with some of the tools of law enforcement, such as handguns and semiautomatic rifles.

These are just some of the activities that will be touched on during the Craig Police Department's annual Citizen Academy, which currently is taking applications.

"There is some hands-off stuff," said Sgt. John Forgay, one of the coordinators for this year's academy. "We just don't want to be up there lecturing."

That is not to say there isn't some lecturing involved in the 10-week program, as law enforcement officials will cover a dearth of information, from touring the Safety Center and the evidence room, to hearing how investigations and the All-Crime Enforcement Team go about their business, to name a few.

And, of course, that includes some hands-on activities.

"We're just encouraging people to come," Forgay said. "If they have ever had curiosity into the inner workings of the Police Department or why law enforcement does what it does," then the Citizen Academy is a place to do that.

Academy classes begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, and continue at 6 p.m. the following Thursdays, excluding the week of Spring Break.

Registration, which is free, for the academy has been "slow going" so far, but Forgay is expecting more to sign up. Deadline to register is Feb. 15, but it is a soft deadline.

Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the Safety Center.

For more information, call Forgay at 826-2366.

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