A student of the police academy learns about the difficulties of responding to high-stress calls.

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department is hosting the Citizens Police Academy again as a way for residents to interact with local police and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.

“The Citizens Police Academy will ultimately help police officers to create a safer community in which to live, work, and grow,” a news release said. “The course will give a firsthand look at the department’s functions, resources and programs.”

The course will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. May 29 through May 31 at the Ithaca Police Department. The program will be limited to 20 attendees and preference given to people who live or work in Tompkins County. Applicants are subject to a security background check.

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Some topics that will be covered include patrol operations, criminal investigations, K-9 unit, search and seizure, SWAT and implicit bias.

Applications must be submitted in person to Officer Jamie Williamson at the Ithaca Police Department by 4 p.m. May 18. The application packet is available here. Anyone with questions can call Williamson at 607-227-3953.

Featured image: A student of the police academy learns about the difficulties of responding to high-stress calls at the Citizens Police Academy hosted in 2015. File Photo.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.