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      Ottumwa Citizens Police Academy registration begins

      For anyone with an itching curiosity about police and law enforcement, registration is now open for the 4th annual Citizens Police Academy.

      The academy provides an educational opportunity for citizens to learn firsthand about local police operations and to gain a deeper understanding of today's law enforcement functions.

      To sign up, contact the Ottumwa Chief of Police's Office at (641)-683-0629 by January 3rd.

      Lieutenant Chad Farrington of the Ottumwa Police Department says the event provides a unique look into the lives of a police officer and could sway some opinions.

      "I just think that the Citizens Police Academy is a great way for the community to learn more about the police department and the actual functions of police, and what we do and kind of break through some of the stereotypes that people sometimes have misconceptions of," said Farrington.

      The Academy will meet every Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday February 10th on the second floor of the Wapello County Law Enforcement Center. The academy will end on March 14th.