The Gardner Police Department will host a second citizens academy beginning in March. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Gardner officers while learning about the department.
The academy will consist of nine, Thursday evening sessions. The first session will be March 13. Led by department personnel, each three-hour class will focus on different topics, like patrol procedures, criminal law, officer safety,  and investigations.
Class members will also have the opportunity to tour the Johnson County Adult Detention Center and crime lab and fire officer weapons at the shooting range.
Applicants for the class must be at least 18-years-old, live or work in Gardner and have no criminal record. Background checks will be conducted.
Classes will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Applications are available online at, at the police department, 440 E. Main, and at city hall. For more information, contact Officer Joe O’Lucci at [email protected] or (913) 856-7312.