Published: Sep 02, 2011 4:35 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Fort Myers Police Department is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy.

Participants in the academy will be exposed to all facets of FMPD to include various hands on demonstrations. The classes arm citizens with knowledge providing a better understanding of police functions and greater insight to police practices and services.

The Citizen Police Academy will start on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 and will run for ten consecutive Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Additionally, there will be three Saturday morning interactive classes that are optional.

Class size is limited to 25 participants. Citizens that live within the City of Fort Myers will receive priority.

Applications can be found at under the community tab or at police headquarters located at 2210 Widman Way. Completed applications can be mailed or dropped off at the department C/o Shannon Northorp.

For more information about the Citizen Police Academy contact Shannon Northorp at or 239-321-7759. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 7, 2011.