Are you curious about police work? Want to learn more about how cops do their jobs, and the risks and responsibilities involved while protecting the public?
Two law enforcement agencies in Broward County are accepting applications for free citizens academies to be held in early 2014.
The course hosted by the Broward Sheriff's Office will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 8 - April 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at its headquarters, 2601 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
Attendees can go on patrol with a deputy for four hours; tour the 911 communications center; the crime lab and a jail. Lectures about criminal investigations, the aviation unit, gang unit, the bomb squad, the forensic artist, the DUI unit and internal affairs will also be taught.
There will be a K-9 demonstration, too, and a visit to a firearms range for weapons simulator training.
For more information, contact Cheryl Vara, 954-321-5076 or apply online at http://sheriff.org/about_bso/community/ca.cfm.
The agency offers the academy to the public each quarter, and will also provide courses for Creole and Portuguese speakers.
The Coral Springs Police Department's citizens academy will also be held on Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. between March 12 and June 11 at the city's public safety building, 2801 Coral Springs Drive.
Promising an "inside look at law enforcement operations," the agency says applicants should email Nereida Milenkovic in the patrol division at NMilenkovic@coralsprings.org or call 954-346-1278.
Coral Springs PD said graduates in 33 past academies have included clergy, city commissioners and local business owners. The course is open to any city resident, 18 and older and anyone who works in Coral Springs or owns a business there. The agency is also inviting members of the media to take the course.