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The Artesia Police Department is giving interested citizens a glimpse into the life of a law enforcement officer through a series of classes scheduled over the next few months.

“A Taste of the Blue” is similar to the APD’s past citizens’ academies, and participation is free to vary from a single class to a few to the entire series.

Classes are held at the Public Safety Complex, 3300 W. Main St. If the class has two dates listed, the same material will be presented at both sessions.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 24 students per session, and students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To register, visit the website listed.

Criminal Investigation Division and Evidence Collection and Handling

• 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 (surveymonkey.com/r/BJRH7ZS)

• Instructors: Det. Sgt. David Rodriguez and evidence technicians Myra Barnum and Michelle McConnaughy

Television entertainment depicts violent crimes being solved, charged and adjudicated in an hour. Common sense says this is not the case, but what really happens when a violent crime is investigated and brought through the criminal justice system? The mechanics of interviews, evidence collection, search warrants, charging documents, and interaction with the district attorney and other members of the courtroom work group are explored in this session.