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Posted: July 27, 2013 4:44 p.m.

Porterdale holds Citizen Police Academy

submitted photo /The Covington News/

Graduates of the first Porterdale Citizen Police Academy are, left to right, Michele Benton, Holly Cripps, Donte Collier, Jason Cowan, Kelly Canoles, Robert Canoles and Megan Reid.

Participants in Porterdale’s first-ever Citizen Police Academy got an intensive, 9-week look at law enforcement, from traffic stops to domestic violence calls, receiving some of the same training that new officers receive in the Georgia Police Academy.

Porterdale Police Chief Geoff Jacobs established the program to enhance the public’s understanding of police officers’ training and commitment to their jobs.

Class members had instruction in crime-scene work, visited the 911 center to see how emergency calls are handled, and participated in a mock trial that took them from the initial stages of a criminal investigation and on through to a verdict.

In addition, Lt. Jason Cripps gave the group a demonstration on the use of K-9s in police work, and class members went on "ride alongs’’ with patrol officers on duty.

Jacobs said the class was very successful. The next 10-week class will begin Aug. 8, with sessions from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Baptist Church. Applications can be obtained at the Porterdale Police Department or City Hall and are due by Aug. 1.

For more details, contact Cripps at 770-231-2843 or call the Porterdale Police Department at 770-786-2226.

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