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It is that time of the year again when we at the Benton Police Department will be hosting our annual citizen’s police academy.  
The citizen’s police academy is a nine session program over eight weeks (eight Tuesday nights and one Saturday) designed to give participants a better understanding of police functions and responsibilities. Participants will be able to experience such classes as; criminal investigation, patrol functions, narcotic investigations, school resource, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9, and the gun range.  
Anyone who is interested in attending the fall citizen’s police academy may stop by the Benton Police Department, at 114 S. East St., Suite 100, and fill out an application and release forms. The classes will start on Tuesday, September 23rd and the only qualifications are that the participant is at least 18 years of age and cannot have any previous felony convictions on their record.  Deadline to turn in applications will be Friday, September 19th at 5:00 PM.  
This is the twelfth year for the citizen’s police academy to be conducted by our department and something we take pride in providing to citizens in the community.  There is no cost associated with attending this class, but there is a fifteen person limit.  Any questions about this program may be referred to Sgt. Justin Tittle at 501-776-5948.