Forest Grove police officers train for holding someone at gunpoint while taking cover. The general public can get a deeper look at police work through the Forest Grove Police Department’s free Citizens Academy. Sessions explore patrol procedure, criminal investigation, forensics, mental health issues, crash reconstruction, use of force, robbery and homicide case studies and more.

The academy will run from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday (except during Spring Break) from Feb. 13 to April 17. Its 25 slots are open to anyone 18 or older who lives or works in Forest Grove, with a few exceptions related to citizenship, criminal history and age. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 23. and can be picked up at the police station or downloaded from the city website at For more information, call Mike Herb, the department’s public information officer, at 503-992-3260.

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