The Prosper Police Department is inviting members of the public to apply for its Citizens Police Academy and get a behind-the-scenes look at local law enforcement.


The free, 10-week program runs March 5 through May 18 and will be held each from 7-1o p.m. Thursdays. The deadline to apply is March 5.


“The Prosper Citizens Police Academy exists to educate citizens on operations, policy and procedures of the Prosper Police Department in order to build trust and gain volunteerism within the community,” the department said in an online brochure.


Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live, work or attend school in Prosper.


Prosper High School students who are enrolled the school’s criminal justice program and are at least 17 years old are also welcome to apply, but must have a written letter of recommendation from their program instructor.


Applicants must also pass a background check, possess a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID and have a safe driving record.


Participation is limited to 15 students, so applicants are encouraged to submit their forms and documentation as soon as possible. Applications and waivers can be found by visiting prospertx.gov/residents/police/ and selecting the “community services and outreach” tab.


For additional information, contact Prosper Police Officer Erin Hubbard by email at erin_hubbard@prospertx.gov.