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STARKVILLE – Oktibbeha County residents wanting to learn more about how a police department operates will get the chance this summer.

The Starkville Police Department will host a 10-week Citizens Police Academy on Thursday nights, starting June 8. The classes will cover everything from crime scene investigation to the courts to traffic stops and plenty of things in between.

“This is open to anyone who would like to learn why we do what we do,” said SPD spokesman Cpl. Brandon Lovelady. “It will help people understand our job a little better and dispel rumors and misconceptions. It’s not always like they show it on television.

“It will also give folks a chance to get around us and see that we are just regular people doing a job.”

The two-hour classes will be held at the SPD training facility and firing range near the George M. Bryan Airport at the end of Greta Lane. In addition to SPD instructors, there will be guest speakers and a K-9 demonstration. There will also be one four-hour session on a Saturday that will include a S.W.A.T. demonstration and a chance to shoot a handgun on the police firing range.

Because firearms will be handled, citizens must be at least 21 and pass a background check. There is also a registration fee of $50 which will cover classroom material, T-shirts and graduation.

The class will be limited to 15 students and the deadline to apply is May 31. Application packages are available by emailing Cpl. Josh Wilson at j.wilson@cityofstarkville.org. The subject line should contain “CA Application Package.”

For more information, call 662-323-4131.

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