The Police Department Citizens Academy Program in Las Cruces is currently accepting applications for the year.

The Citizens Program made available by the Las Cruces Police Department will begin on June 1, 2019. The program is free to the public and will provide participants with a better idea and understanding of officer duties and participants will also be able to take advantage in their volunteer program as well.

The academy program is available for applicants who are 18 years of age or older and will have to pass a background check and is free but limited to 15 participants. Applications are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex, 550 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd. The application deadline will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Applicants who have any felony convictions or, within the last three years, any misdemeanor or DWI arrests or have direct relatives of police officers cannot apply for the academy program.

The Citizens Academy Program will be asking applicants to commit to attending each session to fully engage and immerse themselves in the summer program.