The Lowell Police Department has scheduled its 27th Citizen’s Academy for October 12th – Nov. 30th, 2011. The focus of this eight-week academy is to educate citizens about the Lowell Police Department, its organization, operations and role in the community. Participants gain an understanding of police department responsibilities and the laws that govern it. Students are given the opportunity to offer ideas and share their experiences. The goal of the academy is to develop a partnership between citizens and their local law enforcement agency that benefits both. Classes are taught by members of the police department. Certificates are awarded upon completion of the course. There is no cost to attend the Citizen Academy and it is open to all residents 18 and older. Classes are held Wednesday evenings, 6pm-9pm at the LPD Training Division, 99 Middlesex Street (between the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Garcia Brogan’s Restaurant). Parking is available in the Early Garage. “The Citizen’s Academy is a great resource for community members as it gives them an opportunity to learn about how their police department operates on a daily basis. This initiative is made possible by Officer Paul Corcoran and Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Callery and their dedication toward increasing communication with the community. They both have worked hard over the years to ensure that this worthwhile program continues. I encourage any resident who is interested in learning more about the Lowell Police Department to apply for the upcoming academy,” said Superintendent Ken Lavallee. Applicants must have a clean criminal history and background checks are done on all applicants. Applicants with arrests and/or numerous traffic violations will not be considered. Accepted applicants are required to attend every scheduled class as space is limited to (40) students. Applications for the Citizen Academy are available on the Lowell Police Department’s website, blog (see below), and Facebook page. For additional information, please contact Sharon Callery at the LPD Community Services Division, (978) 937-3210.