You may never get to become a cop — or even play one on TV. But if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer in real life, Southampton Town police are offering you the chance to find out for yourself.

The department’s 12-week-long Citizens Academy is scheduled to begin March 1. Classes at the police department will be held once a week, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Residents will have preference over nonresidents; however, the academy is open to nonresidents — who will be selected based on seating availability.

While Southampton police have not detailed the exact course considerations, generally classes and participation at such police academies, often run annually by departments across the United States, cover criminal law, police procedures and community relations, as well as role-play simulations and workshops designed to give the public a better understanding of police training and tactics.

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The goal of police academies is to provide insight into the actions of police officers responding to a variety of real-world situations.

To receive an application, contact Lt. Susan Ralph via email at sralph@southamptontownny.gov. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 27, police said.