TULSA, Oklahoma - Police are now taking applications for a program the department says helps citizens understand what officers do to protect them.

It's called Tulsa Police Department's Citizens Police Academy and it gets underway on Tuesday, February 26th.

The program meets every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. with graduation on May 21st.

The classes cover firearms training, pursuit driving, SWAT, criminal and narcotic investigations.

In a post on the department's Facebook page, they say the program is designed to introduce citizens to the day to day work of the Tulsa Police Department and gives citizens a chance to interact with officers so that both groups can gain a mutual respect understanding.

TPD says they hope this program will make Tulsa a safer community for everyone.

The academy is free for those ages 18 and older who live, work, or attend school in Tulsa.

Almost all of the classes will take place at the Tulsa Police Department's training center.

Applications are available at the Tulsa's Police's web page.