The Montgomery County Police Department is looking for people who want a crash course in policing.
MCP is accepting applications for future sessions of its Citizen Academy, a program that started in 1994 to give community members a greater awareness and better understanding of how and why police officers do their jobs.
The free class meets 18 times, on Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. and covers topics including firearm safety, Maryland traffic law, forensics, investigating major crimes and DUIs and underage drinking.
The Citizen Academy also offers the chance for members to tour the Montgomery County Detention Center and do a ride-along with an officer.
MCP holds a spring and fall session each year at the Public Safety Training Academy in Rockville. The 2014 fall session is set to begin Sept. 16 and run to Feb. 3. Applications for the session are due Aug. 15.
All applicants must be at least 18, either live or work in Montgomery County and will be subject to a background check. To graduate from the course, participants must attend at least 14 of the 18 classes.