Citizen’s Police Academy holds graduation

Published 10:53 pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The LaGrange Police Department held its Citizens’ Police Academy graduation on Tuesday at the LaGrange City Council meeting.

The class of students learned about constitutional policing and procedural justice, local community policing efforts and partnerships, civilian response to active shooter training and gang awareness over several weeks as part of the course.

“Every year we have the pleasure of conducting the citizens’ police academy for the purpose of familiarizing our citizens with the various aspects of the law enforcement profession,” Lt. Eric Lohr said. “During this 10-week program, the attendees are exposed to a variety of topics in the form of lecture, hands on and scenario based training.”

The students also participated in role playing scenarios where they attempted to act as police while the officers leading the class acted as citizens.

“On behalf of the police department, I’d like to thank those who participated in the Citizens’ Police Academy,” said LaGrange  Police Chief Lou Dekmar. “I can’t think of any more distinction and commitment as a citizen to not only learn about your local government but to learn about the police department, so on behalf of the police department, thank you.”

Several citizens who participated in the class expressed their thanks to the police department.

“The information that these guys covered and the way they presented it to us truly deserves our thanks,” class member Norma Tucker said. “We are truly indebted to you.”

This year’s graduates were:

Calista Aboul-Khair
Hannah Adamson
Bernard Bledsoe
James Campbell
Kathlene Cercone
Evelyn Davis
Barbara Dodson
Charlotte Houze
Katelynn Scott
Catherine Stewart
Norma Tucker
Shane Walker
Daniel Wooten
Eugene Schaufler
Margaret Schaufler