FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio – The Fayetteville Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy starting in February.

“We are excited to announce that we will be hosting out first Annual Citizens Police Academy this winter,” a spokesperson from the department said in a statement. “A Citizen’s Police Academy is a special community education and involvement program developed to increase citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement.”

The free nine-week class is designed for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations, according to the statement.

The class will include defensive tactics, traffic stops, K9 use, first aid and CPR as well as many other skills necessary in police work.

Participants in the class must be 21 years or older and have no outstanding warrants, felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions within the last three years.

Class dates are Feb. 20 and 27, March 6, 10, 20 and 27 and April 3, 10 and 17, which will be graduation.

The registration deadline for the class is Feb. 9. According to Fayetteville Police, priority seating will be given to residents of Fayetteville and Perry Township, but all are welcome to sign up.

Those interested can contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 513-875-3535 or email citizenpoliceacademy@gmail.com.