Suwanee will launch its 2019 Citizens Police Academy on April 8. Applications due April 3. Courtesy City of Suwanee

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Suwanee’s 2019 Citizens Police Academy allows residents the chance to patrol Suwanee’s streets alongside an officer. The program, designed to a help citizens develop a better understanding of the day-to-day functions of police, will launch its next academy April 8. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 8 through June 17 on Monday evenings (no class on May 27) at the Suwanee Police Training Center, 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

The academy offers classroom training and hands-on experiences in crime scene processing, traffic stops, building searches, crime prevention, and narcotics identification and provides an understanding of the risks and responsibilities of officers.

Classes are free and open to the public, but space is limited and preference is given to Suwanee residents or those who work in the city. A criminal and driver history background is required for all applicants. Notarized applications are due by 5 p.m. April 3. Applications: Information: Officer Richard Pope at 770-904-7641.

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