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Tigard Police Academy now accepting applications

Want to get more involved in your community? Ever wondered how the Tigard Police department works?

Then you'll want to enroll in the Tigard Police Department's annual Citizen's Police Academy later this year.

The nine-week course is limited to 25 participants each year, and is aimed at giving residents a better understanding of the police department and how it functions.

“When the community knows and understands the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the police can then better serve the community,” said spokesman Jim Wolf.

The sessions are hosted by members of the police department, who cover a wide range of topics from narcotics, defensive tactics and firearms to crime analysis and how police conduct investigations.

More than 500 people have graduated from the program over the years.

The annual class begins April 6, but applications for the class are being taken through March 25.

Applications are available online at Tigard-or.gov/citizensacademy and can be returned to the Tigard Police Department, faxed to 503-718-2645 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A criminal background check will be conducted to determine eligibility.

For more information, call 503-718-2561.