Modesto police will offer a Business Academy course May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Police Department, 600 10th St. The course is geared toward small businesses, financial institutions and large commercial businesses. Topics will include forgery, fraud and identity theft; the homeless and panhandling; security and robbery prevention; gangs and drug awareness; vehicle thefts; alarms; tagging and hate crimes; and the Crime Stoppers program. There is a $10 fee, which pays for course materials, lunch and refreshments. Space is limited to 75 attendees and registration is required. For information about registration, call community service officer Barbara Caldwell at 572-9658.