The academy was announced this week, with the class open to 20 people and preference given to Wenham residents.
It will run from 6:30-9 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays starting on Feb. 19.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and functions of the Wenham Police Department and the Regional Communications Center. Classes will cover various topics such as criminal law, patrol procedures, evidence collection, domestic violence, motor vehicle enforcement, court procedures and use of force.
Each participant will also take part in a 3 hour police ride along, which will allow each student to see police officers while on patrol, and tour of the Middleton Jail and the Essex County Regional Communications Center.
The courses will be taught by Wenham police officers, police supervisors and Wenham firefighters.
There is no charge to attend, but participants must be 18 years or older. Applications can be picked up at the Wenham Police Department.
An application packet is also available from Sgt. Jonathan Gray or Officer Shane Kavanagh by calling 978-468-4000.
The deadline to submit the application is Feb. 9.