Community members can learn what it takes to be a police officer through the Rockville Community Police Academy or a special course aimed at 60-plus residents.

The Rockville City Police Department is accepting applications for the free, 8- to 10-week Rockville Community Police Academy, in March, April and May at a time and place to be determined. Participants 18 and older will learn about all aspects of the department, receive hands-on training and earn a graduation certificate on course completion. For more information and registration, email Cpl. Ken Matney at

RCPD is also offering a free course highlighting safety for the 60-plus population and exploring code enforcement, the K-9 unit and forensic science. Participants will also tour the police station. Classes meet from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays, March 20-April 24, in the Azalea Room of the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive. Register for course #8185 at beginning Tuesday, Feb. 26.