The Forest Park Police Department is inviting residents to apply for the Citizens Police Academy. Meetings will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from July 25 through September 5.

The program gives citizens a behind-the-scenes look at crime scene investigations, traffic stops, use-of-force tactics, and E911, using both classroom and interactive instruction.

Applicants must live in Forest Park or Clayton County, be at least 21 years old, and pass a background check. You must apply by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 17 to be considered.

In a press release, Forest Park Police Chief Brandon Criss said, “Our ultimate goal is to help bridge some of the divide that is out there when it comes to people understanding what public safety entails and how we—as public servants—go about keeping our residents safe. This forum is an excellent way for individuals to learn more about law enforcement so that they have a better understanding of our operating principles. We also want to receive valuable feedback as to how we can more effectively protect and serve.”

To request an application, e-mail Capt. Lloyd Owens at or Sgt. Brittney Sparks at

For more information, contact the Forest Park Police Department at (404) 366-4720 (option 8 on the main menu).

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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