The Oakland Police Department and Oakland Fire Rescue will hold a citizen’s public safety academy this fall that’s available to the public.

Police said in a press release that the academy aims to help people gain a basic understanding of police and fire departments and how they operate. Topics at the academy classes will include emergency apparatus and equipment, drug enforcement, emergency medical services, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, use of force, and more.

The academy is free and open to everyone 16 years or older. Classes will be held at the Oakland Police Department on Tuesday nights, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 4 to Dec. 6.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Oakland Fire Department or Oakland Police Department. Applicants under the age of 18 must sign a waiver form.

Registration starts Sept. 6 and stays open until the class is full.

Anyone with questions may call police Capt. Rick Stubbert at 465-2202 or Fire Chief David Coughlin at 465-2631.

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