The Sonoma Police Department will host a seven-week Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy from April 4 through May 16.

The academy is informative and fast-paced, providing citizens with an inside look at local law enforcement.

Classes will meet Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sonoma Police Department, 175 First St. W., Sonoma.

The class includes a one-day session in Santa Rosa at the Sheriff’s Office/Jail.

During the academy, students will learn about hiring and training, communications, crime prevention, the correctional system, and all of the investigation units including CSI, Coroner, Violent Crimes, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and others. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

The police department is taking applications through March 23.

Potential candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Minimum age of 18 years;

• Community members must live or work in Sonoma County;

• Pass a basic background check;

• No prior felony convictions;

• No misdemeanor arrests within the last 12 months.

Applicants will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis and enrollment is limited to approximately 20 students.

Applications are available at the website, sonomasheriff.org/citizens-academy, or at the station. Completed applications can be turned into or mailed to City of Sonoma Police Department, 175 First St. W., Sonoma, CA 95476.

For more information about the Sonoma Valley Law Enforcement Citizen’s Academy, contact the Sonoma Police Department business office at 996-3602, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.