Forest Park Citizens Police Academy participants can volunteer to be shocked with a Taser X26 at the "use of force" class.

Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to be a Forest Park police officer, or wanted to ride in a squad car without the inconvenience of being under arrest? The Forest Park Citizens Police Academy starts up again next week and reservations are still available. The academy is a free 10-week Tuesday evening class designed to give participants an inside view into the workings of local law enforcement.

Organized by Sgt. Pete Morrissette, each class presents a facet of police work. Class members learn about forensic science, police investigations, the warrant process, drug and DUI arrests, K-9 police dogs, the use of force, defensive tactics and juvenile justice techniques.

Participants also get to ride along with an officer on patrol and can volunteer to be on the receiving end of a Taser X26.

The Forest Park Citizens Police Academy runs March 18 – May 20. Contact Sgt. Morrissette at 708-615-6220 for more information.

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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