THOMASVILLE -- The Thomasville Police Department will be conducting a new session of the Citizens Police Academy beginning Tuesday. The classes, which meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., are designed to give the public a better understanding of how the department operates.

The academy is open to any interested person over the age of 18. It will run until Tuesday, Dec. 7. The first class will feature a welcome by Chief David Huckstep, then an overview of the department, a history of policing and a tour of the facilities by Capt. Mark Scott.

In the second class, Scott will talk about personnel selection and training, followed by a course on domestic violence with Lt. Karen Burklow. Class three will feature a lesson on police dog operations with Sgt. Lavone Shiver and the K-9 Team.

"We're asking for people to sign up for this because it's a great opportunity," Sgt. Rachelle Denmark said. "If you've had a question about how we operate, or a complaint maybe, it's recommended that they go to this. It's a better understanding of how we work and why we work."

Capt. Ellis Jackson will give classes on patrol operations during the month-long police academy. Sgt. Bobby Stephens and the TPD Bike Team will present information on the bicycle patrol, and Lt. Norman Taylor will give instruction on firearms.

Guy Winkelmann, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/ Vice Division, will teach a class on drug investigations. Also included in the academy program will be classes on accident investigation, arson, internal affairs, use of force, crime scene investigation, and the special response team.

Graduation for the progam is set for Tuesday, Dec. 7. To register, or for more information on the Citizen's Police Academy, contact the police department at 227-7075.

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