CHICO, Calif. -

The Chico Police Deptartment is encouraging citizens to learn more about how it operates and is accepting applications in its upcoming citizens' academy.

The program is is every Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. beginning September 3 and running through November 19.  Many graduates eventually join the VIP's or Volunteers in Police Service to help Chico officers with certain incidents.
    

Applicants must be at least 17, live or work in the Chico area and have no misdemeanor convictions within the last year and NO felony convictions.

To learn more, prospective students should contact the Chico Police Deptartment at (530) 897-5861 or log onto their website at vips@chicoca.gov.