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Police accept applications for 2014 Citizens Academy

The Bainbridge Island Police Department is now accepting applications for the next Citizens Academy.

This year's 10-week series will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and run from Feb. 25 through April 29.

Bainbridge's academy program gives residents an opportunity to learn about the numerous roles of the police department, from traffic enforcement to narcotics to defensive tactics.

It was established to bridge the gap between the police and citizens by helping residents understand what officers do on a daily basis.

The program does not offer educational credit, and it does not serve to prepare people for a career in law enforcement. Instead, it offers insight to public safety.

Those interested must be at least 18, willing to make a 10-week commitment and undergo a criminal background check.

To fill out an application, visit the city's website at www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us/135/Citizens-Academy or pick one up at the Bainbridge police department.

Applications will be accepted at the police station no later than Friday, Feb. 21.

Attendance is free.

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