The Santa Barbara Police Department will begin their next Citizen’s Academy on May 4, instruct- ing civilians on police training tech- niques and familiarizing the public with officers’ various duties. According to a press release by the Santa Barbara Police Department, the nine-week program will give partici- pants the opportunity to experience police training exercises, practice inves- tigative techniques and learn about law enforcement technology. The course also offers the opportunity to do a ride-along with officers on regular patrol. The course will meet at the SBPD offices on Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning May 4 and conclud- ing on June 29. While the class is free, there are a limited number of plac- es available. Registration is currently open. Application information for the academy is available online at www. or via Officer Jon Reyes at (805) 897-3748 and

— Staff Report