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The Marshalltown Police Department will hold its annual Citizen Police Academy to help the community connect with officers and gain a better understanding of policing. MPD convene the academy from March 17th to May 19th and will give citizens the opportunity to learn about policing from all angles, from the K9 unit to routine traffic stops.
The Times-Republican said 33 residents will be participating in this year's academy. Though the deadline has passed for enrollment, the MPD holds the citizen academy annually, as it has for over 20 years, and encourages residents to enroll yearly. Residents are also able to join officers for a ride-along if they can't attend the full academy Nelson reported.
The class enjoys a range of opportunities through the academy, including driving a squad car and firing weapons at the police range. Police Captain Christopher Jones told the Times-Republican the academy is a great way for the community to interact with officers and better understand their job and how they do it.