The Civilian Academy is a 16-week program open to the public. It provides an extensive hands-on experience exploring police training, policies, procedures and operations. It promotes open discussion regarding current and national community policing issues, laws that regulate policing, best practices and many of the challenges police face. Throughout the program, attendees are encouraged to ask questions and voice their opinions. Feedback from the community is assessed and utilized to improve police operations. Community/police relations are enhanced as attendees come to better understand police operations, policies/procedures and motives and police better understand community concerns. Exit surveys and continued association with the Police Department indicate significant value and long-term benefits.