The Michigan City Police Department is looking for community members who would like to discover the inner workings of what it’s like to be a police officer. Starting Thursday, October 7, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., they will sponsor an opportunity for community members to familiarize themselves with the roles and responsibilities of the police service. The Michigan City Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy (MCCPA) brings together police and the community in a setting that offers sample police training to each participant.

Academy participants will receive two and a half hours of training one evening every Thursday evening for seven weeks in many varied law enforcement functions.

The MCCPA will highlight the essential elements of modern policing to which their officers are exposed on a daily basis. Participants will learn the basics of criminal law, searches and seizures, patrol tactics, gun safety, tasers and many other topics. They will learn the handling of a crime scene, how police dogs are used and will be exposed to many specialized police units. MCCPA participants meet and chat with many officers as well as the command and training personnel who serve them. All of this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment at the Michigan City Police Department. Instructors are state-certified law enforcement professionals who teach both veterans and recruiting police officers.

The first session of the MCCPA will begin on Thursday, October 7 in the Michigan City Police Department Community Room located at 1201 E. Michigan Blvd. Class size is limited to 20 participants. All interested must be at least 21 years old, complete an application, and authorize Michigan City Police to perform a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.

MCPD asks to resend claims via email or bring them directly to Michigan City Police Front Desk. All applications must be received by September 23.