Knowledge is power.
It also breeds understanding.
Citizens have an opportunity to learn how the Muskogee Police Department operates and, in turn, help their community.
The MPD will conduct a Citizens Police Academy, beginning July 17.
Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday from July 17 to Aug. 21.
Each year the department selects at least 10 people from a pool of applicants to take the class.
The selected applicants learn a variety of police functions and get first-hand knowledge from officers about what they do on a day-to-day basis.
“It’s a good program because it really helps us out and it gives the public a better idea of what we do,” Muskogee Police Department Cpl. Pedro Zardeneta said.
Citizens who complete the class are eligible to join the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Group.
Group members volunteer to help police in a variety of ways.
They also are eligible to join the Extra Eyes Program — helping the police by patrolling the city and reporting suspicious activity.
Crime in our community should be a concern of every citizen.
The Citizens Police Academy is a good place to start making a difference.
If you go
WHAT: Citizens Police Academy.
WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from July 17-Aug. 21.
WHO: Local citizens who want to learn more about the police department.
WHERE: Pick up an application at the Muskogee Police Department,112 S. Third St.
INFORMATION: (918) 683-8000.