Local Voices: Police program enriches understanding

We joined the Citizen’s Police Academy sponsored by the Boynton Beach Police Department. This is our second
year taking this class. The class meets on Wednesdays for 10 weeks from 7 to 10
p.m.


During each session we had up to six policemen give us demonstrations and slideshows. Police instructors answered all our questions. We had two or three different
program elements each week and every one of them was very interesting, some
were fun to watch and all were informative. They ranged from K-9 unit
demonstrations to information about special weapons and tactics and the Police
Athletic League.


It would be hard to pick our favorite evening, as each night we learned so much from each group. On one memorable night they Tasered two rookie policemen.
Every police officer who will be using a
Taser must experience being
Tasered. It was difficult to watch, as it felt like one of our
grandchildren was being Tasered that evening.


In addition to the classroom experiences, we participated in a ride-along program. We were able to spend four hours riding with the policemen while they were on
duty.


We had no idea how the other half of the world lives and once we were home safe we thanked God for our country and our freedom. We are so lucky to live in the
country we live in.


We have always felt so safe in our area, but with drugs and all the crime we have now, it is good to know we are so well-protected. We always had a lot of
respect for our policemen, but now are more aware of the job they are doing and
the danger they are in each day. They are like everyone else. They do their job
the best as they can and look forward to a safe return home to their families
after each shift.


After we finished our 10 weeks, the Police Department hosted a banquet for class members. They give us a diploma, shirts and a picture of the whole group who
attended.


It was a wonderful and fulfilling experience for us and many others. We met a lot of nice people and now when we hear the police siren, we know the police are
out doing their job to protect every one of us. We should feel very blessed to
have them in our community.


Bev and Lew Williams


Briny Breezes

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