A group of residents is well into the latest seven-week Community Police Academy offered by the Modesto Police Department. The participants are meeting for three hours each Wednesday night and most recently used the department’s so-called forced option simulator. The mobile shooting range has a large interactive video screen to simulate violent shoot or don’t-shoot scenarios for officer training. The current Community Police Academy began in mid-September and ends Nov. 6. No fee is charged to attend. Topics covered include: the role of American police, laws of arrest, spirit of law and letter of law, gang awareness, drug awareness, rules of evidence, media and information officer, volunteers, search and seizure, and traffic enforcement. Above, Modesto resident Sunshine Letsinger has her gun drawn and ready as she uses the simulator. At right, retired Modesto police Officer James Walsh gives Brenda Cook of Modesto some instructions on how to hold a gun. At bottom right, retired Modesto Sgt. Craig Mitchell gives Cook shooting instructions. For more information about the Community Police Academy, contact Walsh at (209)572-9873.