Citizens get behind-the-scenes look of Topeka Police Dept. operations

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - People got a small glimpse Thursday of what it's like to be a Topeka Police Officer.

The Topeka Police Department kicked off its annual Citizens Academy. The 12-week course shows volunteers how police work is done and the challenges Topeka Police face throughout the city. The participants get a better understanding of police work from the moment a crime is reported through its investigation.

"They learn the ins and outs of the agency, everything from policy to operations," said Deputy Chief Bryan Wheeles. "They learn about all the specific units and basically the general overall day-to-day operations and the very specific units that we have, from the bomb squad to the response team, K-9, etcetera."

It's too late to sign up for this course, but keep an eye out - they'll have another academy coming up soon.