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Now Enrolling: Sumner Police Department Citizen's Academy

Ever wanted to shoot a gun, drive a police car or track down suspects? Now you can, through the Sumner Police Department Citizen's Academy.

The Sumner Police Department is now accepting applications for its Citizen's Academy, an eight-week crash course in law enforcement, to be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from February 28 through April 24.

While most lessons take place in a classroom, the field trips are the highlights of the course. Students will shoot police-issued weapons, drive a police car, tour the department and might even have the opportunity to get tased, said Sergeant Jeff Engle, who will teach the class. (He's waiting for the green light on using the taser, but thinks getting hit with a police-issued weapon would be an unforgettable experience for the academy graduate.)

Applicants must be 18 years of age or a high school senior, live and/or work in the City of Sumner and have no felony convictions or outstanding warrants. All applicants are subject to a background check.

There is no fee to attend the Citizen’s Academy. Class notebooks and identification badges will be provided.

Apply for the Citizen's Academy today through the city's website.

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