The Kerrville Police Department honored the graduating class of the 7th Citizen Police Academy after concluding its 12-week program with a special ceremony on Thursday, October 21 at 6 p.m. at Rails - A Café at the Depot restaurant. The ceremony honored 24 community members who participated in the program's 4th year.
The Citizen Police Academy is designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Kerrville Police Department through comprehensive classroom instruction, demonstration, tours, and hands-on activities.
Officer Paul Gonzales and Sgt. Mary Krebs, the program coordinators, Chief John M. Young Jr, Lieutenant Curtis Thomason and City Manager Todd Parton addressed the room full of graduates and their friends and family. Each graduate received a certificate of completion along with a shirt.
"Congratulations graduates, I commend each of you for taking the time away from your schedules and families to participate in the Citizen Police
Academy and for becoming a vital part of the police department!" said Police Chief John M. Young, Jr, as he addressed the graduating class.
City Manager Todd Parton also addressed the class and stated, "Thank you for taking an active role in making Kerrville a better place to live and work!"
"Having observed close-up for the past 12 weeks; The professionalism and dedication of your officers and staff is a tribute to your leadership, Thank you Chief!" said Citizen Academy graduate and Class President Jacques Duhr as he addressed Chief Young in front of his fellow classmates during his speech.
The next Citizen Police Academy starts February 2011, but space is limited and fills up quickly. Find out more about the academy and how to sign up at: www.kerrvilletx.gov/police