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APD graduates two dozen citizen cops

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You can now call them citizen cops. Some folks in Albany got an up close look at life inside the Albany Police Department.

Tuesday night, 25-people graduated from the 20th session of the Albany Police Department's citizens academy. They spent the past nine weeks doing things like forensic work, learning about the use of deadly force and even riding along with uniformed officers and the gang unit.

Academy graduate and Albany Tech student Antonio Walker plans to become an Albany Police officer and got more insight into the job.

"One of the most valuable things I've learned, especially when I did my ride-along with one of the officers, is the things they go through on a day to day basis like the excessive paperwork and sometimes the job can be stressful," said Walker.

Other graduates say they had misconceptions about APD before joining the citizens academy. Chief John Proctor told them the force can't protect the city alone.  He says they need the support of dedicated citizens.

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