Eleven residents have graduated from the Woodstock Citizens Police Academy. The ceremony was held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Hall. Each of the graduates received a diploma from Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss during the ceremony.
The fall 2012 class includes: Miguel Barajas, Brooke Church, Austin Hughes, Taylor King, Jerry Lewis, Linda Palmer, Jennifer Shelnutt, Chris King, Shane Shaffer, Earl Simmons, Devin Witcher.
The Citizens Police Academy is a series of classes designed to enhance the average citizen's understanding different aspects of law enforcement. The program, according to a press release is "intended to strengthen the relationship between the citizens and the Woodstock Police Department, as well as spotlight the responsibilities of law enforcement and the inherent risks associated with the profession."
Some of the classes taught during the eight-week session include domestic violence response, criminal investigation procedures, crime prevention, traffic unit and patrol officer functions.
Students are also shown K-9 demonstrations. Along with classes on law enforcement, students also go through fire safety and prevention sessions with the Woodstock Fire Department.
Graduates of the program are eligible to volunteer with the Woodstock Police Department or sign up for a position with its Auxiliary Unit.
The next Citizens Police Academy session will be announced at a later date.