TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Police Department is holding a Citizen Police Academy designed to educate attendees about the police department, its organization, operations and role in the community.

Classes begin April 1 and continue through graduation on May 20. The academy is held at the Tewksbury Police Department. Classes run for eight weeks from 7 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday night.

Participants are instructed by members of the department as to the responsibilities of their various units. Citizens gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in today’s world. Students are given the opportunity not only to learn, but to offer ideas and solutions. The goal of the academy is to develop a unique partnership between citizens and their police department in a way that benefits both.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, criminal law, criminal investigations, domestic violence, motor vehicle law, identity theft, internet safety, K9 and more.

The Tewksbury Police Department Citizen Police Academy is offered to all residents 18 years of age or older. Participants must not have a criminal history. A background check is conducted on all applicants. Candidates must be able to commit to the class schedule. Only one excused absence will be allowed in order to graduate and receive a certificate of completion.

Applications can be downloaded on the Tewksbury Police Department website at https://tewksbury-ma.gov/node/2291/files and mailed or hand-delivered by March 20 to Tewksbury Police Department, Attention: Officer Jennie Welch, 918 Main St., Tewksbury, MA 01876.

For information, call Safety Officer Welch at 978-851-7373, ext. 230.