HCPD to host Citizens Academy

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

There is very little time left for local residents who want to participate in this fall’s Citizens Police Academy sponsored by the Henry County Police Department.

The 11-week class starts Tuesday, Sept. 7. Registration deadline is Sept. 3.

A different facet of the department’s work is spotlighted every Tuesday night during the class, which ends Nov. 17. Participants learn interesting things and find answers to many of their questions, according to HCPD Capt. Joey Smith.

It is no secret that the general public’s perception of law enforcement has changed over the years, thanks in large part to what is portrayed on television and in movies.

“Sometimes there are some misconceptions about what we do based on what people see on TV,” said Smith. “People want to know if it’s like TV but it’s not.”

The class will also give participants a closer look at some of the high-tech tools used by the local police, but Smith pointed out that the HCPD’s biggest ally is not to be overlooked.

“It doesn’t matter what tools or technology we have,” he said. “We cannot solve crimes without the help of the community.”

The main goal of the course is to produce better-informed citizens who can support their officers in a more effective manner, Smith noted. “We want to increase communication between citizens and police.”

For information, applications and background consent forms, visit www.co.henry.ga.us/Police/CitizensPoliceAcademy.shtml.

If you have questions, contact the HCPD at 770-288-8285.