MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — Enrollment is now open for the Monmouth County Citizen Police Academy/Law Enforcement Mini Academy, designed to give residents an overview of law enforcement services in the county.

To be held on six consecutive Thursdays from September 19 through October 24 at the Monmouth County Public Safety Center, the academy will feature speakers from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and other public safety agencies who will offer insight into the roles in law enforcement, as well as the role of citizens in assisting those agencies in the war against crime and terrorism.

Topics that will be covered include analyzing a crime scene, distracted driving, opioid awareness, internet safety, women in law enforcement, career opportunities as a public safety telecommunicator and volunteering.

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Tours will be conducted of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Situational Training and Response Simulator (STARS) and public safety center. There also will be demonstrations by the Community Emergency Response Team and K-9 unit, and a law enforcement vehicle display.

The six-week program is open to Monmouth County residents age 14 or older who have no criminal record. Each class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the public safety center, located at 2500 Kozloski Road, Freehold.

There is no fee for the course. It is also a prerequisite for becoming a member of the Volunteers in Sheriff's Community Programs volunteer program.

Deadline for applying is Friday, September 13. Enrollment is limited. For additional information or an application, visit www.mcsonj.org, click on Community Outreach, click on Citizen Police Academy/Law Enforcement Mini Academy and download an application, or contact Undersheriff Ted Freeman at 732-431- 6400, ext. 1110.