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County citizens police academy, anti-gang program hold graduations
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August 06, 2013 02:56 PM | 1778 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents who wanted to learn first-hand what police officers do on a daily basis took advantage of the opportunity to do so through the Fulton County Police Citizens Academy.

They graduated last week at the county Public Safety Training Center at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater

During nine sessions, members of the 2013 class attended classes detailing the day-in-the-life of a county police officer.

Citizens learned county police department history, challenges officers face and trends that officers look for while on the job.

They also participated in ride-alongs with officers during their daily routines.

The guest speaker at the graduation was County Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones said in a statement the course has value for police and civilians.

“When the police and citizens come together, this partnership helps to make our communities stronger. The Fulton County Citizens Police Academy is one of our premier programs and it undoubtedly bridges the gap between law enforcement and the citizens we serve,” she said.

Another local law-enforcement entity attended a graduation last week.

After 60 hours of instruction, graduates from various agencies including the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office completed the course work required to become certified in Gang Resistance Education And Training.

The G.R.E.A.T. Program centers around specially trained law enforcement professionals teaching students how to make better choices that will affect their lives for many years to come.

The curriculum is taught in primary and secondary schools all across the U.S. with prevention as its main deterrent against delinquency, gang membership and youth violence.

The candidates came from agencies across metro Atlanta to receive this specialized training from instructors certified by the U.S. Department of Justice.

This is the third time the county sheriff’s office has collaborated with the D.O.J. to facilitate this training for its staff members and reached out to agencies within the county and statewide, in addition to law enforcement personnel from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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