Citizens Police Academy Graduation

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The second class of Citizen Police Academy graduates were honored Thursday at Meridian Community College.

The program started earlier this year, and it's designed to teach volunteers more about how the Meridian Police Department operates and give them resources to take back into their communities.

Program organizer Mike Vick says graduates from the first class laid a solid groundwork.

"The first class when their ten weeks was over they didn't want to end so they formed an alumni association and came up with bylaws, and elected officers, and figured out dues, and they just want to keep on doing what they learned to do," said Vick.

If you want information about joining the next Citizen Police Academy, call 601-484-6890.

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  • by Yeap on Jun 24, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Well for one I don't know if you guys are spelling dairy queen wrong on purpose or are just ignorant. Second, it's Blockbuster not Blockbusters. Just goes to show you the kind of people who make these comments are as dumb as there comments. Ask yourself what would you do WITHOUT these law enforcement officers? Just do as you please and roam the streets and sit on your front porch all day while I am at work? Then come still my stuff while I'm out one night at the movies with my family because you are too ________ lazy to work yourself? Go MPD! I hope they bust your --- next!
  • by My perspective "Are You Kidding Me?" Location: Collinsville on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM
    It is inconceivable to me how truly UNGRATEFUL people can be. First of all, do any of you complaining citizens who have an attitude about how much time is spent at Cefco or Dairy Queen have someone follow you around to see how long your lunch breaks/supper breaks are? That is truly beside the point. Whenever these men decide on this as their profession, it comes with great risk. They may not know if they are going to live or die when answering a call. Walk a mile in their shoes before you criticize them. I am grateful for their dedication. IN ANY PROFESSION, there are going to be people who take advantage of a situation or are corruption, law enforcement notwithstanding. Does that make all doctors, lawyers, clergy BAD? Does that mean when you are dying, you refuse treatment at an ER because of the last "doctor" you saw who didn't treat you the way you wanted to be treated, or made you wait at an appointment? Get over yourselves people!
  • by Informed on Jun 22, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    The citizens pay for class materials, snacks and such. Tax payers pay for staff time allocated to this fluff as opposed to their duties.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM in reply to Informed
      snacks?....yea i guess its fitting. thats all mpd does anyway-while sitting in parking lot at cefco-firestone-diary queen-blockbusters-shell gas station-oh,dont forget going in wendys
  • by just saying on Jun 22, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    To anonymous: actually the citizens who participate in the program pay out of their own pockets to participate. If you were to really keep up with community happenings, then you would know this.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM
    they sure are pushing these classes through!....are felons able to participate?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 09:37 AM in reply to
      All participates are run through the NCIC database when they register, so the answer is NO.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 09:41 AM in reply to
      All participates are run through the NCIC database when they register, so the answer is NO. Let me amend my answer: Depending on your history/circumstance, you might want to talk to Mike Vick first. However, as it is a law enforcement sponsored class, held at law enforcement facilities the answer will still most likely be "no."
  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
    How much taxpayer money is used for this program? Now the police are having to get citizens to do their job. That gives them more time to set at Cefco.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM in reply to
      yea they also sit at diary queen-dont forget that one
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      by Renee on Jun 22, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to
      Re: Anonymous I'm a graduate of the first citizens police academy. All 20 of us paid money to take the 10 week course. I learned many good things about law inforcement, and have a new respect for all the dedicated men and women who are putting their lives in jeopardy every time they step into their cars so they can protect ungrateful citizens like yourself. Renee King
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        by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2012 at 11:47 AM in reply to Renee
        WELL, Renee KING-if thats your real name...your participation just goes to show you're victim of modern day slavery....Now all you need is a car to sit in the parking lot at Diary KING...I mean QUEEN-who's your daddy??
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