This morning we were graced with the presence of Captain Jeff Mundale with the Owatonna Police Department and Fred Ventura, a graduate of the first class of the Citizen's Police Academy. The Citizen's Police Academy has been in Owatonna since 2013, and has been offered every year. They hope to get at least 10 people to sign up every year, or they have had to postpone the class due to lack of interest.

Fred doesn't want to see that happen this year, he had nothing but wonderful things to say about the Owatonna Police Department and how taking the class has opened his eyes to what our sworn officers have to deal with on a daily basis. You will learn about police situations, be introduced to several in the department, and even have a possibility of going on a ride-along.

The course is 8 weeks long, and it's free, all that they ask is that you turn in your application by October 22nd. It starts on 10/29 and is every Monday for 2 hours through 12/17. You can find an application online here. You can download the application and print it, it will need to be turned in at the LEC. I am seriously thinking about signing up. They did say that you have to be at least 18 and be able to pass their background check.

Capt. Jeff Mundale and Fred Ventura, Melissa Hall/Townsquare Media