County residents will get an opportunity beginning this month to learn about the rigors of police work at the Sheriff's Department's Citizens Academy.
The academy is free and designed to give the public an inside look at law enforcement. During the classes, which will be held from March 25 through June 10, students will get an officer's perspective of the job from a patrol car and tour the County Jail. Other classes will include demonstrations by the SWAT hostage and bomb teams and a tour of the department's communication center.
During the 12-week course, participants also will visit the department's crime lab and receive a history lesson about local law enforcement.
Those interested in enrolling must be at least 21 years old, live or work in the county, have no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within the last year.
The academy will meet on 12 consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Ventura County Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.
Applications can be obtained by calling either Deputy Rob Davidson or Joe Medina at 654-2668 or 377-8471. Applications should be turned in by March 11.