Meridian Police have spent the last several Tuesday night's giving citizens of Meridian a crash course in law enforcement.
As one of the head instructors and organizers of the Citizen Police Academy, Mike Vick says the program has exceeded his expectations.
"[Students got about 10% of what they would have done if they would have gone to a regular police academy," says Vick, "including a little bit of driving and a little bit of shooting time, and they got history of law enforcement."
Vick says that several soon to be graduates are hoping to start a community-wide Neighborhood Watch program now that they have this extra training.
"[Which] goes right into what we've been talking about for a long time now, which is needing the support of the citizens," says Vick,
"and how much better that makes our community when there is a buy in from the citizens."
Graduation is set for Thursday night and about 20 participants are expected to take part.
Another Citizen Police Academy is set to start later this month, and there are still spots available.
You can call 601-484-6890 for more information.