SALEM — The Citizens' Police Academy, a popular city program that has not been held for several years, is coming back.

Starting next Wednesday, the Police Department is offering a 10-week course that culminates with an opportunity to ride along with police officers during their regular tour of duty.

Taught by patrolmen and superior officers, the academy will cover a variety of subjects: firearms, underwater criminal investigation, police computer technology, use of force, patrol duties, and search and seizure.

Students will be able to use the department's newly renovated firing range under the supervision of a police firearms instructor.

The Citizens' Police Academy will be held at police headquarters on Margin Street on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m.

The program is free and open to all Salem residents 18 or older. Each class is limited to 25 students.

Applications are available at the station or online at www.salempd.net. To be considered for the first class, applications must be submitted by tomorrow.

For more information, contact Capt. Brian Gilligan at 978-744-0171, ext. 137.

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