The Petaluma Police Department’s fall session Citizen Academy begins Nov. 6 and runs through January. The 10-week course provides community members with an inside view of the department, interacting with the police chief, staff, officers and civilian personnel including a ride-along. This program is not designed for police officer candidates; rather, it’s an overview of the police department operations for Petaluma citizens interested in learning more about how the police department operates.

Participants must be at least 18 and have no felony convictions. Applications are available at For details, call Lt. Mike Cook at 776-3743.

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