UF Police Department will launch a community police academy

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GAINESVILLE, Fla A new type of curriculum is coming to the University of Florida come Fall 2019.

The UF Police Department said they will start a community police academy giving UF students a behind-the-scenes look into how the department functions. The course is also available for UF Health/Shands students, staff and faculty.

Two academy classes will take place during the spring and fall semesters over the course of eight classes. Training will consist of classroom and simulation training. Each student will also participate in an officer ride along.

Participants in this program will not be armed or have any law enforcement authority.

Classes will meet at the UF Police department in the community services division classroom every Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.