Binghamton Mayor Rich David and the Binghamton Police Department have issued an invitation to residents of the Greater Binghamton area to attend to the spring 2014 Citizens Police Academy.

The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is a free 10 week class that will highlight the different units in the police department with each class taught by officers themselves. Among the units represented will be SWAT, CSI, K-9, Patrol Division, Computer Forensics, DWI, firearms training and more.

Each person who attends will also have the opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with a police officer.Three new classes have been added to this year's CPA and include: sex offenders and how the police department monitors their activity, women in law enforcement and a look into the use of force standards for police and civilians.

In a press statement, Mayor David said: "Public safety is a top priority of my administration. Residents are the eyes and ears in their neighborhoods and its important for them to know what to be on the lookout for and how to provide information to police to help make our community safer."

The class runs from March 23th through April 21st on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the police classroom located in the basement of City Hall.

If you or your child is interested in learning about law enforcement, a law enforcement career or are just curious how the Binghamton Police Department operates, please call 607-772-7093 or email officer Carl Smith at to register.

Space is limited, so please don't wait to register.