COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Ohio State University Police Division is offering the public a chance to see what it’s like to wear a badge.

Starting in October, OSUPD will be holding a free, four-week Community Police Academy designed to give eligible participants a look behind the scenes at what it’s like to protect and serve on campus and act as an open forum for officers and citizens to interact and engage in positive communication. OSUPD says that they hope they can not only educate community members, but also learn about the subjects and issues that matter to those they protect.

Program participants will participate in role playing activities, discuss the use of force and body cameras, take a two-hour ride-along with an OSUPD officer, perform mock crime scene investigations and learn to process prisoners, fingerprints and photographs. They will also receive active shooter civilian response training.

The Community Police Academy is open to current students, faculty and staff members who are at least 18 years of age or older. Participants must be a member of the Ohio State community and pass a background check.

Residents who are interested in the program can apply online at others are clicking on: