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State police will offer a Citizens’ Police Academy this fall through a series of weekly classes at Shippensburg University.

The program allows participants to learn aspects of state police work, including crash investigations, forensics and patrol operations, according to a news release. It involves classroom learning and hands-on activities, such as mock scenarios, “so participants can get a sense for what it’s like to be a responding officer.”

The course will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday from Oct. 2 through Nov. 30 at the Shippensburg University Conference Center.

The course is free, but class size is limited and interested participants must apply before Sept. 30. All participants must be at least 18 years old and a Pennsylvania resident. Anyone interested is asked to email smkell@pa.gov to request an application. State Trooper Kelly Smith can also be reached at 717-671-7577 with any questions.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.