Tupelo Police Department offers citizens' academy

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer has a chance to peek into the law enforcement life.
The Tupelo Police Department is hosting a Citizens’ Police Academy beginning June 11.
“One of the main reasons is we want residents to know what’s happening in the community as far as crime goes,” said Police Chief Tony Carleton. “It helps them have a better, open line of communication with us and let them know what they can do to prevent crime from happening.”
Applications for the eight-week course are at the police station on Front Street. The course is every Monday at 6 p.m.
The classes will look into values, operations and philosophies at the Tupelo Police Department.
“We’re excited about being able to offer the class and we certainly want to be more transparent than we have in the past,” Carleton said.
The deadline to register is Monday, May 21.
All applicants must be at least 21, possess a valid drivers’ license and pass a background check.