As promised, here is some additional information about the class/workshop I took. Starting from 2016, this is being offered by several large metropolitan cities and counties across the US. You can google your city name or county name followed by the phrases Community Academy, Citizen’s Academy, or Citizen’s Police Academy to find out if one is being offered close to where you stay, and to sign up for it. So you would type in <city name> citizen’s academy or <county name> Sheriff’s Community academy. Use all the combinations possible. These are offered by your City PD or your County Sheriff’s Office (if you are from a small town which doesn’t have its own PD) every spring and every fall. Classes meet weekly for around 3-4 hours in the evening for 9 to 12 weeks, depending on city. You have to be a resident of the City or the County where the class is being offered. Usually they will get this from your DL and home address. They do conduct a modified background check. They don’t check immigration status, whether you are citizen or dreamer, and back in 2017 made it a point to mention they don’t check for immigration status (this was around the time DACA had just been repealed, and the debate about sanctuary cities was heating up) However if you have any outstanding traffic fines or tickets revealed by the background check they will come after you for that. Interesting story: I had delayed turning in my application till almost the deadline. On the last day I decided I’m gonna go, get the form, fill it out and turn it in that very day. The sheriff’s deputy who gave me the form to fill out was adamant that I should take it home to fill out (it’s okay, go home and fill it out, think about it, don’t worry about the deadline) and I was equally adamant (since I know my procrastinating tendencies only too well!) that I’ll just sit quietly in the corner and fill it out and give it back. After some arguing she gave in and allowed me to sit there to fill it out. Later during the class I realized why she had insisted I go home. Apparently the Supreme Court is big on entrapment. Most of the cases they see are challenges on the subject of entrapment. The officers are not supposed to lure citizens into being caught, paying fines or citations. Citizens must be given a chance to escape, to decide if they want to give the info. Basically they cant compel you into giving info which will incriminate you, ie, 5th amendment. So if I had filled the form out then and there and it turned out I was guilty of some crimes that were prosecutable I could successfully put a case that I was lured into giving my details using the excuse of an innocuous sounding class and then caught which is a violation of my civil liberties. This is also why when they set up a DUI checkpoint, it’s located about half a mile past the highway ramp or some other major intersection where the people can safely turn left or right to escape and not get checked (Those who studied/lived in college towns will remember this). And they put up signs that advertise clearly that there’s a DUI checkpoint coming up for at least 2 miles before that in both directions. This is why they do that. It’s a different matter that most college kids see the flashing lights, think they are doomed and proceed like lemmings to the checkpoint. Usually there will be one or more escape points on that road. If it’s a simple two lane road, then that’s an illegal DUI checkpoint! Who knew! Anyhow, I was lucky in that I had a clean driving record and no tickets except for library fines of <$2 which they didn’t consider. But I included the story so you remember and don’t make the same mistake! In my county, I signed up for <County Name> Sheriff's Community Academy which was offered by my local Sheriff. In my county this was offered simultaneously to teens (mostly HS Seniors/juniors for credit) as well as adults. Here’s the description: “The Academy offers a transparent overview into the Sheriff’s Office functions and operational procedures. The curriculum is similar to those of the Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Academy, with a mixture of hands-on training, lecture and scenario based training. The weekly classes are not designed to make the citizens Deputies, but are designed to give the citizens an insight to what Deputies do. The classes are taught by Deputies/Sergeants and staff who are employed by the Sheriff’s Office. Classes include Juvenile Crimes, Crime Scene Investigation, Escalation of Force Continuum, Narcotics Trends, along with a tour of the Coroner’s Office, The Sheriff’s Office Specialized teams, and the County Courts. Classes will mainly be held at <Local> High School in <City>, with a few dates to be held at off site locations, including the Courthouse, the Medical Examiner's Office, and the Sheriff's Training Facility.” We ended up getting a few class lectures on the finer points of law as per state constitution (police is a state subject, not federal), tour of the Courthouse, Jail, Morgue, Coroner’s office, Bomb squad where they made us put on that bulky hazmat suit!, spent a Saturday out at the shooting range where they taught me how to load and fire a musket (like in the westerns, those things are heavy and unwieldy!), a Glock and a very small silver Smith & Wesson - apparently its favored by women because it fits nicely into a purse! We practiced firing real bullets into targets. I was so surprised that they wasted real ammunition on us but apparently they wanted to give us the full experience. In class, we learned about assault and battery, the rape laws, unreasonable search and seizure (the 4th amendment), use of force scenarios where they show scenario like shady traffic stops and ask you to decide in the split second what to do, (this made me think BLM may have been the reason they were trying to be transparent about their policing policies), sex trafficking, labor trafficking, narcotics of all kinds, opium, meth, Rx drugs, paint thinner and weed which was on the brink of becoming legal in my state etc, etc. Why is this relevant? If you live or work in this country, you must remember that within the first week of joining the Uni or the office, they hold an orientation session with powerpoints and folders where they tell you what is where, and their rules and policies. This I felt is the same. So if you are planning to live in this country for a few years, work and raise your kids here, drive on the streets then this orientation into your City’s policies is a must. Looking back I’m astonished that I took this class after 20+ years of living in the area. But it only started being offered since 2016 as I said. Another thing to note is that if your kids go through school, esp. high school system here, they mostly know all this because they are taught all this and take a Government class or elective. But we adult immigrants who come here to UG, grad school, to work or after marriage unwittingly bypass this. This is a chance to rectify that.