Safford hosting Citizen’s Police Academy

The Safford Police Station - David Bell Photo/GIla Valley Central

SAFFORD — Safford residents are being given an opportunity to see first-hand what police officers do every day.

Safford Police Department is hosting an eight-week Citizens Police Academy, every Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m., starting Sept. 21.

“The goal of the Citizen’s Academy is to foster a greater understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community and strengthen our relationship with citizens and local business owners.  Topics to be addressed, but not limited to, will include: Introduction to law enforcement, body worn cameras, narcotics and drug interdiction, firearm safety, live-fire shoot, firearms training simulator, traffic and DUI investigations, criminal investigations, and TASER and use of force,” the department wrote on its social media.

There are 20 seats available. All participants must be 18 years old or older, with no prior felony convictions, no outstanding warrants, no criminal history and not subject to a protective order. Participants must complete and pass a background check.

A background information packet is available at,  or at the Safford Police Department located at 523 S. 10th Ave., Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Deadline for turning in a completed background packet is Sept. 14.