The 20th annual Citizen’s Police Academy held its graduation ceremony Thursday night at the Sevierville Civic Center. Seventeen citizen cadets were treated to a cookout followed by presentation of certificates of completion of the 10 week course.
The CPA is a public outreach program created by the Sevierville Police Department to encourage citizen participation in their local police department. The class is free to the public. During the ten weeks cadets learned about excited delirium, police procedure, crystal meth and other illegal drugs, and crime scene investigations.
Students were taken on a ride along with a police officer, given a demonstration on K-9 techniques, given demonstrations on tasering and spent an evening at the indoor shooting range learning gun safety.
The class of 17 was comprised of a gamut of citizens with varying backgrounds which included retirees, reserve police officers, security professionals, marketing representatives, a retired teacher and others.
The next CPA will begin in Sept. of 2015 and is open to the public. For more information contact Lou Webb or Capt Matt Ayers at the Sevierville Police Dept.