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Citizens become police officers

August 12, 2004

Valdosta - A South Georgia police department is turning everyday citizens into honorary police officers.

Eight students graduated from Valdosta's Citizen's Police Academy Wednesday night. They've spent the past three months learning about crime scene processing, rules of evidence, and firearms training.

Students say the course gives them a new appreciation for the police department.  "The people are very open and outspoken, everything's out in the open, they just put it to you and I enjoy that," said Shannon Robinson.

 "We pretty much open our doors and let the public come in and the students get to see everything we do and in turn we ask them for input on how we're doing our jobs," said Lt. Brian Childress, Instructor.

Students had to attend a one hour course, once a week for 12 weeks. They also got to ride-along on a patrol with officers.

posted at 8:15 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com