Roanoke County PoliceRoanoke County police are signing people up now for their next Citizens Police Academy, which starts next month. Officer Eric Orange is the county’s community policing coordinator. He says the curriculum of the academy has evolved over the years to keep up with the times.

“We do a mock traffic crash investigation, and we’ll have a mock trial to follow,” Orange said. “So that’s something that’s fairly new.”

The academy begins April 2nd and runs 13 weeks. Applications are available on the county website, at the Roanoke County Public Safety Center on Cove Road or at the Roanoke County Administration Center on Bernard Drive.