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Johns Creek opens new session of Citizens Police Academy
by Angela Spencer
July 18, 2012 09:18 AM | 1151 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek citizens will get a chance to learn first-hand how their police department works to protect them during the new session of the Citizens Police Academy.

Sgt. Debbie Kalish said the classes will take place for 9 weeks on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m.

Students will get opportunities to make traffic stops, use a Fire Arms Training Simulator and get training from each division such as narcotics, detectives, K-9 and SWAT.

Former participant David Rich said his favorite in-class experience was the unit on traffic stops, but going out on patrol was his favorite hands-on experience.

“Outside the classroom actually going on patrol for two evening shifts was eye-opening and a fantastic experience,” he said. “I was so blown away by that experience that I encouraged my son Daniel, who is now a US Air Force captain, to experience it while home on leave.”

For Kelli Buchwald, the firearms simulator was a favorite aspect of the class.

“Going through different scenarios with onscreen perpetrators — some threatening and others not – illustrated the split-second decisions officers have to make in a variety of situations,” she said.

Classes will start Aug. 7 and end Oct. 9. Interested citizens can apply by going to the city’s website under community services. Applicants need to fill out an application and a criminal history check.

Participants are chosen on a first-come first-served basis and the class holds 20 people. Kalish said those who do not get into the class this year will be asked first next year.

“At the end of the day, what I came away with was a tremendous respect of the difficulty of the job and the body of knowledge required to successfully perform one’s duties,” Rich said.


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