The 18th annual Citizens Police Academy begins in Rochester this evening.
The academy gives residents a chance to find more about how the police department works and includes visits to emergency dispatch, the adult detention center and the police gun range.
Usually there are 20 people in the academy, but this year there are at least 25 participants. Nearly 20 people have already been turned away. We asked police why the academy is so popular.
"I think it's television. We're seeing, they expect everything to CSI and instant. But they get to see the real thing, the hands on..." says Darrel Hildebrant from the Rochester Police Department's Crime Prevention Division.
The classes are so well attended, police expect to have next year's academy at least half way full by the end of this year's academy. The three hour classes take place one night per week, over the next eight weeks.