Marblehead Citizens Police Academy returning next month

The Police Department is accepting applications for another session of its Citizens Police Academy, which begins next month, and is sponsored by the Council on Aging.

The course will run every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. –  8:30 p.m., beginning March 7 and running for eight weeks. Members of the police force will serve as instructors during the academy, with patrol officers, detectives, 911 dispatchers, and ranking officers all leading sessions.

“Come join us for candid discussions about policing including how people come into the police service, the training and equipment used, how traffic enforcement is conducted along with Massachusetts law and investigative techniques,” Marblehead police wrote in a Facebook post.

The academy will feature site visits, which will include tours of Salem District Court and Salem Superior Court, the Essex County House of Corrections in Middleton, the Regional Police Academy in Lynnfield, and the town police department.

Applications are available form Lt. Dave Ostrovitz at Police Headquarters or via the Marblehead Council on Aging. Although the COA is a major sponsor of this program and the classes will be held primarily in their community room, the academy is open to all town residents from age 18 and up.

Applicants would need to be willing to submit to a Criminal Offender Record Information review and driving history search.

“This is your chance to ask those burning questions that you have never asked but would like to know the answers for,” police said.

Space is limited to 20 applicants and applications will be handled on a first-come first served basis.