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Join the police academy

Badge_2Well, kind of.

Ever wonder what it's like to be a police officer? You might want to check out your local Citizen's Police Academy.

CPAs typically meet once a week for about 12 weeks. Participants watch K-9 demonstrations, learn how to dust for fingerprints and chat with detectives about their jobs. They also get to ride along with an officer during his or her regular shift.

Right now, two Broward departments are registering.

The Coral Springs Citizen's Police Academy -- which is open only to residents of Coral Springs -- starts on Sept. 19. If you're interested, you can contact Joanne Lavoro at 954-346-1232 or Nereida Milenkovic at 954-346-1278.

In Hollywood, classes begin Sept. 5 and are open to residents and nonresidents of Hollywood. For more information, call the Hollywood Police Department's public affairs unit at 954-967-4314.

You can also find out more about the programs in Pembroke Pines and on Miami Beach online.

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