The Monona Police Department and the McFarland Police Department will once again hold a joint Police Citizens’ Academy.

The joint academy will meet once a week starting Thursday, Oct. 3, and ending Nov. 14.

The academy is designed to provide people with an understanding of the police department’s operations. Students will learn from police department personnel who are trained in the areas of narcotics, major crimes, patrol operations, traffic laws, vehicle contacts, crime scene investigation and other related fields.

Instructors are drawn from all levels of the department. Students will meet the chief of police, lieutenants, detectives, patrol officers and dispatchers. Students are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to increase understanding between residents and their police department, and to build a strong relationship for the future good of the community.

Participants must be 21 or older, have no outstanding warrants and no pending criminal cases, no prior felony convictions and have no misdemeanor arrests within three years of applying.

Topics covered in class will include patrol operations, crime scene investigation, shooting simulation, OWI enforcement, emergency vehicle operation and communications.

Applications are due Sunday, Sept. 22.

Interested participants should contact the Monona Police Department at or 222-0463, or McFarland Police Officer Jason Onken at for more information or to obtain an application.

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