South County Citizens Police Academy accepting applicants

The annual South County Citizens Academy is now accepting applicants for its eight-week seminar that introduces residents to the inner workings of South San Luis Obispo County’s three municipal police departments.

Beginning Aug. 20, free classes will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Pismo Beach Police Department at 1000 Bello St.

The academy offers community members lectures and hands-on demonstrations by members of the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach police departments, focusing on topics including community policing, patrol procedures, dispatch communications, investigations, traffic control and records systems.

The goal of the academy is to “enlighten participants about the challenges and opportunities encountered in policing,” according to a news release. While the course is not designed to recruit police officers, it is a prerequisite for the departments’ Police Volunteer Programs.

Seating is limited. Applications can be obtained by contacting Pismo Beach Police Sgt. Anthony Hernandez at 805-596-5036 or ahernandez@pismobeach.org, or Administrative Secretary Julie Casteneda at 805-773-7029.