St. Bernard Parish residents can register now for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy course, a free, 10-week program offered so residents can learn about police work.

“The course shows residents various aspects of law enforcement and gives them an insight on how and why things are handled in a certain manner,” St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “The purpose is to foster a positive relationship between our citizens and our officers, while instilling in participants a vested interest in what happens in their community.”

Classes begin Sept. 7 and will meet each Thursday at 7 p.m. through graduation night on Nov. 9. Classes will be held in the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office second-floor training center, 2118 Jackson Ave. in Chalmette, directly behind the Parish Courthouse.

For more information or to register, call Lt. Eric Eilers, director of Community Relations, at (504) 278-7628.

During the course, Lt. Eilers said participants will hear from Sheriff’s Office commanders on various phases of law enforcement, including patrol work, narcotics enforcement, detective duties, and SWAT team demonstrations. Participants also will be given boating safety tips, and tour the Parish Prison.

Lt. Eilers, who oversees the Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch programs for the Sheriff’s Office, said more than 1,000 residents have completed the Citizens Police Academy course since its inception two decades ago.

“It’s really become a popular course among adults,” he said. “This program gives residents a real feel for what police work entails and it’s about as realistic as we can make it for them.”