The Fairfield Police Department will hold a seven-week Citizen Police Academy 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 to Nov. 17, at police headquarters, 100 Reef Road.

The academy's objective is to help Fairfieeld residents get a first-hand overview of the department's law enforcement operations and how they relate to the overall criminal justice system. The program, which will also include the opportunity to ride with a patrol officer, will cover many aspects of police operations, including patrol procedures, criminal investigations, internal affairs, the department's relationship with outside agencies, narcotics, stolen cars and processing crime scenes.

Participants, who must be Fairfield residents and at least 18 years old, will be selected by the department's senior members from a pool of residents who have completed their application forms. Participants will be selected from each geographic patrol area to produce a class size of about 20 members. A graduation ceremony will take place at the end of the academy for participants who have not missed more than one class.

Applications, which may be obtained at police headquarters, Town Hall and Fairfield Public Library, must be returned to police headquarters no later than Sept. 23.

For information, call the Fairfield Police Support Service Division at 203 -254-4881.