Graduation ceremony caps 33rd session of Citizen Police Academy
The Albany Police Department's 33rd session of the Citizen's Police Academy wrapped up Tuesday night with a graduation and pinning ceremony.
Students might not have gained a new job from their 12 weeks in the program, but they aren't walking out empty handed.
"Now, you're not going to be police officers when you get through," Cpl. Dillard Glover told the group. "But you will have a greater knowledge and a good understanding."
The final few weeks of the program's lessons included trips to the crime scene investigation and drug units, as well as the E-911 center. Students were also required to take a ride-along with an APD officer.
Participant Pam Harrell said this experience amplified the respect she already had for officers.
"It gave me more insight of what they actually have to go through," she said. "It's not for me, but I appreciate all they have to do because it's very hectic."
That why she said she's also thankful for people like fellow participant Lashonda Price, who's currently studying criminal justice at Albany Technical College.
"For me, I am ready to start my career," Price said.
But not before they take one final charge from Chief Michael Persley, to go spread the word about what they learned.
"this is how you make the community better," he said. "You've got to get everybody involved."
Consider that already done for some of the participants.
"Oh, I've been telling them about it," Harrell said. "I've been encouraging people [to sign up]."