Lynnwood offers chance to learn details of police work

LYNNWOOD — People in Lynnwood can learn what it’s like to be a police officer by signing up for the next Citizens Academy.

The 22nd annual academy is scheduled to start Jan. 10, Lynnwood police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said. Early enrollment is encouraged.

The academy runs up to 14 weeks. Classes are held from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays at the Lynnwood police station,19321 44th Ave. W.

Participants will learn about the police department’s mission and operations, Sessions said. Topics include patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force, drunken-driving enforcement and domestic violence.

Activities include a mock homicide scene, lifting and investigating fingerprints and working with a crime scene technician to study blood spatter patterns, DNA and ballistics.

Class participants will get to ride along with a police officer and tour the city jail.

There also will be information about volunteer opportunities with the department.

The class is free, and light refreshments are served.

People can sign up online at www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/police/ or at the police station during business hours.

For more information or to request a mailed application, call 425-670-5635.

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