Civilian police academy participants graduate

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Thirteen participants in the Trumann Civilian Police Academy graduated at the monthly city council meeting on Tuesday, April 14.

Trumann Police Department Chief Chad Henson began the program in January. The purpose of the class was to better communication skills between civilians and officers and to increase civilian understanding of law enforcement and crime prevention. Over the course of eight weeks, Henson began with police policies and ended with police use of force. He said his students were able to see everything that police officers do on a daily basis.

"This class is designed to communicate what we do, what we stand for, where we come from, and where we are headed," Henson said. "We touched base on everything, and I appreciate every one of them sticking with it."

Those who graduated were: Mayor Barbara Lewallen, Alderman Charles Goza, Alderman Bonnie Winkles, Alderman Jason Stewart, Becky Goza, Paul McAnally, David Johnson, Kristen Austin, Don Smith, Emily Casey, Kevin Hazelwood, John Malley, and Tammy Terry.

"Through this program, I have come to truly appreciate the police department and all they do everyday," Mrs. Goza said.

Mayor Barbara Lewallen also said that the program was interesting and informative to her.

The Trumann Civilian Police Academy had thirteen graduates, several of which were present at the Trumann City Council to receive their certificate. Pictured, from left to right: Becky Goza, Kevin Hazelwood, Tammy Terry, Charles Goza, Chief Chad Henson, John Malley, Don Smith, Jason Stewart, Mayor Barbara Lewallen, and Bonnie Winkles. Other graduates, not pictured, were: Paul McAnally, David Johnson, Kristen Austin, and Emily Casey. (DT Photo/Belina Santos)

Henson said he hopes to have session two of the program in the fall of this year. The Civilian Police Academy is designed for working professionals who volunteer to attend classes for eight weeks. Volunteers must be able to commit 3-4 hours a week to the class, be 18 years old or above, and pass a background check.

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