The Bluffton Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2021 Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

The eight-week, free Academy gives residents a glimpse into the department, the experiences of its officers, the multi-faceted skill sets required of law enforcement and the specialized divisions of BPD. The course will give 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.”

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

Apply online at townofbluffton.sc.gov/261/Citizens-Police-Academy. The deadline for applications is Oct. 4.

For more information, contact Lt. Kelly McCauley at kmccauley@townofbluffton.com or Sgt. John DeStasio jdestasio@townofbluffton.com.