Anyone looking to learn more about what it's like to be a police officer can attend one of York City's two free citizen police academies this year.

Taught by police officers, the courses are meant to give an overview of law enforcement, especially the York City Police Department's community-involvement efforts, according to a news release from the city.

The first class is a one-day session, where the department packs the course into one eight-hour class starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the York County 911 Emergency Center at 120 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township.

The second session will space the course out over eight weeks, meeting at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from Tuesday, Sept. 27, to Thursday, Oct. 20, at a yet-to-be-determined location.

People taking the class will take part in role-playing demonstrations and will ride along with police officers.

Only people 18 and older can take part in the class; anyone interested has to complete an application found on the city's website and provide a valid college or government-issued identification card, according to the city. The department will perform a criminal-history background check on all applicants.

The training is free, but the department asks anyone who applies to commit to staying involved through the entire course, as space is limited, the city said. Up to 40 people can enroll in each course.

— Reach Sean Cotter at

Read or Share this story: