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Citizens Police Academy graduates fourth class

The fourth Farmville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy class graduated April 27. According to a Farmville Police Department (FPD) press release, 20 citizens participated in the academy.

“Academy sessions provided information on topics, including hiring and training, uniform operations, special operations, traffic enforcement and radar, criminal law, investigations, forensics, and courtroom testimony,” officials said in the release. “Numerous academy graduates also participated in a police ride along and accompanied a Farmville police officer for a shift.”

The release cited that the goal of the academy was to provide citizens with a general knowledge of the day-to-day operations of the FPD — all in an effort to enhance the departments’ abilities to better serve them and the community.

“This is a program that will continue for years to come. It was another great class and everyone who participated seemed to enjoy it and learn a lot,” Lt. Christopher Moss said in the release.

According to the release, the academy ended with a graduation ceremony and refreshments at the Town of Farmville’s Municipal Building. Each graduate received a certificate presented by Farmville Police Chief Andy Ellington. The next Citizens Police Academy will be in Spring 2018.