The Bexley Police Department is accepting applications for the 2017 Citizen Police Academy scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 5 through Nov. 14.

The academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the police department's operations. Anyone who is 21 or older and lives or works in Bexley is eligible to participate.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in working with some of the equipment that officers use and will learn several aspects of how they approach their work. Subjects include crime-scene investigations, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, gang awareness, firearms/use of force, ride-alongs with officers and legal requirements.

The 2017 session will be the fifth Citizens Police Academy class. The academy will meet in the Bexley Police Department's training room, 559 N. Cassingham Road. Participants are required to attend seven of the 10 classes to be eligible for graduation.

There is a maximum of 12 students per class, with no cost to attend.

Applicants who will not be considered for participation include individuals with employment applications pending with a law enforcement agency, individuals with known criminal histories and individuals living and working outside of the Bexley city limits.

For more information and to apply, contact Sgt. Dawn Overly-Sheterom at 614-559-4444 or doverly@bexley.org.