The Bluffton Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2022 Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

This eight-week, free Academy gives residents a glimpse into the Bluffton Police Department (BPD), the experiences of its officers, the multi-faceted skill sets required of law enforcement and the specialized divisions of BPD. The course will give its participants an overview of the issues, challenges, rewards, and experiences of local law enforcement. The academy will cover topics such as:  the history of police, traffic enforcement, radar operation, evidence collection, fingerprint recovery, defensive tactics, and firearms.

“Community relationships are a key tenet to successful policing, especially in Bluffton,” Chief Stephenie Price said. “This course is a wonderful opportunity for residents to understand the complexities of law enforcement and for officers to hear directly from the residents whom they serve.

“While this course offers a deep dive into our department, the best results of this course are usually the trust and partnerships which develop from a better understanding of each other.”

Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license, and agree to a background check.

Town residents are given preference; however, residents of greater Bluffton are welcome to apply.

Seating is limited so submit applications as soon as possible. This is an eight-week course; two absences are permitted to graduate.

For more information and to apply, visit townofbluffton.sc.gov/261/Citizens-Police-Academy. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

For more information, email Sgt. Craig Karafa at ckarafa@townofbluffton.com or Lt. Mike Danyov at mdanyov@townofbluffton.com.