An Adult Citizens Police Academy, a project of the Carbon County Chief of Police Association, is being formed in Carbon County.

Ken Barnes, chief of police in Mahoning Township and a coordinator, said the academy will be held Tuesday evenings and will continue for 10 weeks. The classes begin on Sept. 14 and end on Nov. 16.

Most of the classes will be held at Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.

On Nov. 16, there will be a graduation ceremony and certificates will be given out.

Barnes said the Adult Citizens Police Academy is open only to Carbon County residents.

He added, "Consider this academy an academic setting where appropriate behavior is expected and no food or drinks will be allowed in the classroom."

There is no fee for this course.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 30 people.

Applications may be picked up at the Lansford Police Department, Jim Thorpe Police Department, Kidder Township Police Department, and Mahoning Township Police Department.

The deadline for registering is Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The tentative itinerary is as follows:

Ÿ Sept. 14 - Pre-testing occurs. There will be an overview of state and local government, overview of police administration, and the Pa. Municipal Police Jurisdiction Act. A representative from the Pa. State Police will explain their role both in the state and on the local level.

Ÿ Sept. 21 - Presentation on police training.

Ÿ Sept. 28 - Police and media relations and SERT team presentation.

Ÿ Oct. 5 - Overview of the Pa. Vehicle Code and accident investigation.

Ÿ Oct. 12 - Overview of the Pa. Crime Code and overview of crime scene processing.

Ÿ Oct. 19 - Presentation by Lehighton police officer Matt Arner, coordinator of the Carbon County Gang Task Force.

Ÿ Oct. 26 - District Attorney Gary Dobias or a representative of his office will give an overview of the office. Also present will be representatives of the County Detective's Office, a District Judge, and a representative of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Ÿ Nov. 2 - Presentation by Gary Williams, Carbon Count "911" Center director. There will be a tour of the Carbon County Telecommunications Center.

Ÿ Nov. 9 - Overview of the Juvenile Court System presented by a Carbon County Juvenile Probation Officer.

Ÿ Nov. 16 - Post test, course summary, and graduation.