AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Some folks in Americus have a greater appreciation for law enforcement on Tuesday night.
18 residents graduated from the first Citizens Academy the police department has hosted in nearly 10-years.
Over 11 weeks, they learned about officers' day-to-day responsibilities through ride-alongs and classes on issues such as gangs and use of force.
Participants said it was eye-opening.
"I know to appreciate the cops more now then what I did before. I know what they go through. I sympathize with them and I put in lots of prayers for them," said Cheryl Josey.
The Americus Police Department plans to host another Citizens Academy next fall.