ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than a dozen teenagers are now graduates from the Albany Police Department's Teen Academy.
There are 21 graduates from their third session. Graduates received their certificate of completion from instructors and took pictures with Albany Police Chief John Proctor.
Middle and High School students attended a seven week course every Saturday, shadowing the traffic, gang and drug unit and participating in community service.
"If they encounter a police officer just show them respect and they'll go a long way," said Cpl. Phyllis Walters, APD Crime Prevention Unit. "That was really the biggest bridge there was to show them respect to officers if they come across one."
"We learned a lot, like all police aren't bad and the things they go through everyday on the street," said Reginald Walker, APD Teen Academy Graduate
Instructors are hoping to start the next session in February. Find out how you can participate in the program by clicking here.