By Wyatt Goolsby
MIDLAND - Tall City residents will soon know just what it's like to be a Police Officer, but citizens will have to sign up soon if you want to learn more. Starting Tuesday, the Midland Police Department begins its free Citizens Police Academy.
"I've been receiving phone calls [Wednesday]. As a matter of fact, that's what took me so long to come down to [speak to NewsWest 9] because I was filling out an application on the phone with another citizen," Officer Larry Woodruff, with the Midland Police Department, said.
Woodruff is staying busy. Wednesday, he finished up paperwork for the more than seventeen people already signed up for the Citizens Police Academy.
"A lot of people think well do I got to run, do I got to do push-ups? No, it's not that type of academy," Woodruff explained.
Instead, police teach you about their day to day job: Ride alongs, demonstrations, SWAT, and what it's like to investigate a mock crime scene.
"I mean this is a fun class for the citizens to go through," Woodruff added. "If a citizen may say well this is what should be done, they can say no it's not done this way, I've been through the Citizens Police Academy, this is how they handle that call."
He said it's also good for anyone even considering becoming an officer.
"We don't have a lot of young citizens attend the class, but we want more of the young guys who may be interested in going into law enforcement to come learn, and it may help them make up their mind," Woodruff said.
The deadline to sign up is Monday, October 6th.
The class itself starts Tuesday, October 7th, and lasts 6 weeks - every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 to 10 PM.
The subjects and activities students will do varies each day. Midland police said they hope residents who finish the class will have a much better idea and more information about how their officers serve the community.