Teens participate in Fruita Police Department's Junior Citizen Academy

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- More than a dozen teenagers in Fruita were learning what it's like to be a cop Wednesday night.

This is happening through the Fruita Police Department Junior Citizen Police Academy.

It's a five-week program held at the police department. The officers go over patrol operations, DUI and crime scene investigations.

The department says the most important thing about this academy is the relationship building.

“That way if a kid sees an officer, it's not just someone in a uniform that looks scary. They're like 'oh that's Nick, I know him.' They’ll be able to contact us, we're more approachable, and it gives us a chance to talk with them and learn from them about what some of their concerns are with the police department,” said Nick Peck, a lieutenant with Fruita PD.

The course is five weeks long. It held every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

People can still sign up by going to the police department or community center and filling out an application, but any newcomers will miss what was covered at Wednesday night’s class.

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