2018-08-29 / Front Page

Police seeking academy students

By Johnny Whitfield
Courier-Times Editor

Police work isn’t anything like you see on television. Sure Roxboro police officers make arrests. They stop people who are speeding or driving drunk. But they aren’t as likely as their TV brethren to pull their weapons several times an hour to bag a perp.

So what is a police officer’s job really like?

Roxboro police want you to find out. For the 11th year in a row, the department is sponsoring it’s Citizen’s Police Academy. Seats remain open in the class and participation is free.

Lt. Dan Walker will lead the 11-week class that focuses on everything from the administrative side of police work to policing drugs and gangs.

Walker says the program has a two-pronged benefit. Not only do participants learn about police procedures and practices, they also get to know many of the officers in the local department.

“It allows us at the police department to be able to build relationships with citizens and they get to know us,” Walker said. “It allows the average citizen to understand what we do and why we do it.

The class meets one night a week – on Tuesdays – from 6-9 p.m.

Participants will do much more than sit in the department’s training room and listen to lectures.

There will be plenty of hands-on opportunities to experience some of the situations officers find themselves in.

And, like any good school, there are field trips. The class will visit the county’s 911 center and they will also travel to the local firing range for lessons in gun safety, when they will also have the chance to fire the same weapons officers carry.

Walker has been an instructor in the class in previous years, but this year he’s in charge of the program. “I’m excited about the program. I’m always excited about being able to work with citizens. It builds relationships. It shows transparency and it allows us to share our policies and procedures,” Walker said.

Classes begin Sept. 18th. The class runs each week through Nov. 26. A graduation ceremony will be scheduled following completion of the class. To register, contact Sgt. R.S. Ford at 336-504-0026.

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