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Marana police holding citizens academy

Want a better understanding of your local police? The Marana Police Department will hold a 12-week Citizens Police Academy at the town's Municipal Complex, beginning next Wednesday.

“The objective of the course is to instill in citizens a greater knowledge and understanding of the many functions and services provided by MPD. CPAs are intended to open lines of communication and its local police and expand a police agency’s community based efforts,” according to a MPD press release.

The department has held the course twice a year for the past couple of years, Sgt. Jose Alvarez said in an interview.

The classes will be held Wednesdays from 6-9:30 p.m. Those interested must register by Friday at 5 p.m. and meet the following requirements: Must be at least 18 years old, pass a background check and reside or work within Marana. There are 30 slots open for participants

“We show them every aspect of the department. We have instructors that come in and discuss what each department does,” said Alvarez.

Applications can be found on the Marana website. For more information contact MPD at 382- 2000.

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