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Castle Rock Police Officers are dedicated to maintaining an open relationship with the public and keeping our Town among the safest in Colorado. But, have you ever wondered what it takes to be a police officer in Castle Rock? The Citizens Police Academy is your opportunity to find out.Applications are being accepted for the 2018 academy. The goal is for residents to better understand, and build a relationship with the officers who are sworn to serve and protect the community.The Citizens Police Academy allows participants to engage in a combination of classroom and hands-on training similar to the training our police officers go through. Some of the topics covered in the 10-week class include: community policing tactics; crime scene processing and evidence collection; investigative procedures; self-defense; firearm safety; and traffic laws.The class meets Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. starting April 12 and running through June 7 with two Saturday classes. The final class will be a graduation ceremony. Participation is free, but applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16.“Maintaining a positive relationship with the public is very important for Castle Rock Police,” said Commander Jason Lyons, who coordinates the academy. “We’re grateful for opportunities like the Citizens Police Academy to provide our officers the chance to interact with the public in a nonemergency situation. Maintaining that level of trust is important for the entire community.”The program is limited to 30 participants per year, and space fills up quickly. For more information, or to submit an online application, head to CRgov.com/academy.Questions? Contact Commander Lyons at 720-733-6016 or jlyons@CRgov.com.Get Town news straight to your inbox. Sign up online at CRgov.com/notifyme, or follow the Town on Facebook (facebook.com/CRgov), Twitter (@CRgov), Nextdoor, YouTube and LinkedIn (search Town of Castle Rock).