Class graduates from Civilian Police Academy
About 20 people graduated from the most recent Civilian Police Academy at the Waynesville Police Department.
The eight-week long class held every spring is for anyone in the community who wishes to learn a little bit about what happens behind the scenes at the police department. The series covers several topics including record keeping, canine patrol, search and seizure laws, juvenile and domestic laws, traffic stop procedures, the process of taking evidence and even how to shoot a gun.
At the end of the class, graduates are given the opportunity to volunteer at the department.
Wayne Ebinger, who completed the class this year, said he would recommend the academy to any and everyone in the community.
"Knowing how the Waynesville Police Department operates on a daily basis with the variety of calls from the community are explained by each specialized department. The citizens who pay taxes for police and fire departments are definitely getting exemplary services," Ebinger said.
Valerie Newkirk decided to take the class after her husband raved about it.
"I wanted to see what our police department actually does," she said.
She enjoyed it so much, she was sad when the classes came to an end.
"I have always respected police, fire, military personnel, but I came away with a whole new view of our police chief, our officers, the training and professionalism and caring attitudes they possess," she said.