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The Wheat Ridge Police Department is accepting applications for its 2018 Volunteer Academy scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 20. Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night for six weeks at 7500 W. 29th Ave. Graduation occurs on Tuesday, April 24.

Academy Participants learn about all the aspects of community policing and the role they can play as volunteers for the department, according to WRPD release. Police and civilian personnel will present lectures and demonstrations in order to give participants an understanding of the department's mission, practices and operations, and well as such areas as community relations, crime prevention, Crisis Intervention Training, personal safety, and wildlife safety and recognition. Those who are interested must complete an application, an interview, and submit three references as well as agree to a background investigation.

Applicants to the Volunteer Academy must be 18 years of age or older; willing to sign a Waiver of Liability; not have any felony, domestic violence, or significant or recent misdemeanor convictions; and not be a registered sex offender.

Volunteers who graduate from the academy attend monthly dinner meetings on the first Thursday of the month and agree to participate in special events and commit to volunteer opportunities that arise, including

Trunk or Treat, Operation Blue Santa, Carnation Festival, clerical assistance, speed monitoring, Walk and Watch Program, and shuttling out of service fleet vehicles.

For more information and an application, visit