Through the rest of this month, the Tuscaloosa Police Department will be accepting applications for the Tuscaloosa Police Department's Citizen's Academy, which aims to foster a positive relationship between the police department and the community.

In an email release, Tuscaloosa police said classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Monday night from February 1 through March 21, 2016, and one Saturday class at the police firing range as a well as a four-hour ride along with a TPD officer will be required.

Courses include The History of the Police Dept., Recruitment, Office of Standards and Integrity, City Prosecutors Office, Asp/Self Defense, Communications Division, Crime Prevention, Crime Scene Processing/ Major Crimes Scene Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, DUI Training, Firearms, Gangs, Homicide Division, Juvenile/SRO, Media Relations, Narcotics Division, Patrol Division, Traffic Division and Training with each course covered will being taught by officers/investigators specializing in that field.

Any participant missing more than one class will be dismissed from the session, but graduates of the Academy will depart with an increased awareness and understanding of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement today as well as the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s commitment to the philosophy of Community Policing. A formal graduation will be conducted on Monday April 4, 2016.

The Citizen's Academy is free and open to all residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and business owners with City of Tuscaloosa Business Licenses. However, applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Applications may be picked up at the front desk of the Tuscaloosa Police Department and front desk of all Tuscaloosa Police Department’s precincts or available online at the City of Tuscaloosa website