17 residents graduate from citizens academy

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The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Citizens Academy held its 25th graduation ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1.

The class’ 17 graduates joined the 657 county residents who have already completed the Senior Citizens or Citizens academies, which were first offered in 1999.

The academy includes visual presentations, question-and-answer sessions, tours and a variety of practical exercises. The department believes graduates of the Citizens Academy play an important partner role in helping it ensure that Chesterfield County is the safest and most secure community of its size in the U.S.

At Thursday’s ceremony, Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of police, thanked the graduates for “taking the time to spend with us.” “I’m really proud of the fact that this is our 25th [academy],” he said. “When you hit these milestones, it’s pretty awesome.”

Class speaker Elizabeth Ann Pollock said each academy session explored how the various units in the police department operate and integrate together. “The presenters were passionate about their work,” she said, and “our many questions were encouraged.”  The class also presented a plaque to Col. Dupuis in appreciation of outstanding community service and in recognition of the 25th Citizens Academy.

Thursday’s graduates included: Beverly S. Carter, M. Patricia Carter, Lisa S. Goodson, Julius B. Huggins, Andrew Leivas, Joanne S. Leivas, Cameron J. List, Carey A. Martin, H. Dale Matheney, Elizabeth Ann Pollock, Douglas W. Ridgeway Jr., Bonnie L. Roane, Bruce A. Robarts, Jeremy J. Robarts, Marie Skiscim, Robert J. White and Ronald O. White.

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