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Johns Creek citizens to learn how police department operates
by Nicole Dow
June 12, 2013 10:50 AM | 3147 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>From left, Lt. Chris Byers, Sgt. Debra Kalish and Sgt. Derrick Wilson teach at the Johns Creek Citizens Police Academy.
Staff / Erin Gray
From left, Lt. Chris Byers, Sgt. Debra Kalish and Sgt. Derrick Wilson teach at the Johns Creek Citizens Police Academy.
The work of Johns Creek police officers is more than just responding to calls that come in through the 911 center, said Sgt. Debra Kalish with the department’s community services unit.

She is hoping city residents and employees working in Johns Creek will get a better understanding of how the department operates by attending the Citizens Police Academy.

“It’s a good way for people to find out what’s going on in the police department and what we actually do,” she said.

The department will be accepting applications for the program until July 5, Kalish said. The Citizens Police Academy is popular, and there is often a waiting list.

The nine-week program, which will start in August, provides participants with insight about various aspects of police work, such as criminal investigations, internal affairs, narcotics, crime scene investigations, community services, the K-9 unit, SWAT, traffic enforcement and use of firearms.

Kalish said the courses are classroom based but include demonstrations or participation.

“When we do traffic night … they go out in the parking lot and our traffic guys will actually teach them how to do traffic stops,” she said. “They get a little bit of what it’s like to walk up to a car and deal with a driver.”

Kalish hopes participants leave the classes with a better appreciation for all the police department does.

Another opportunity for residents to work with and learn from the police is through the new Citizen Auxiliary Police Services program, which graduated its first class of participants last month.

“As far as volunteers go, they’re kind of a step above the general volunteer,” Kalish said.

The training is more in depth than the Citizens Police Academy, which is a prerequisite for participating in the Citizen Auxiliary Police Services program.

The graduates of the auxiliary services program are able to assist police officers with park patrol, directing traffic and patrolling homes whose owners are on vacation, Kalish said.

“The goal is to take some pressure off of patrol and to help integrate the police department into the community and the community with the police department,” she said.

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For applications and more information about the Johns Creek Citizens Police Academy, visit or email Kathy Shiplett at

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