The Scottsboro Police Department recently completed their 19th Annual Citizens Police Academy. The program consisted of eight weeks of hands on and classroom activities. The Academy is designated to give local citizens, of all backgrounds and occupations, a better understanding of what law enforcement is all about. Classroom instruction consisted of 20-24 hours of police training as well as a six hour ride along with on duty officers. The objective of the program is not to make the graduates police officers, but to better inform citizens of what a police officer’s many duties are and to enhance community relations from graduates. Areas to be covered during the program include criminal law, crime prevention, investigations, drugs, domestic violence, patrol, use of force and many other topics.