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City Council Hosts Citizens Police Academy Graduation

City Council Hosts Citizens Police Academy Graduation

Tommy Murphy

The LaGrange Police Department held the graduation for the recent class of the Citizens Police Academy during Tuesday evening’s LaGrange City Council meeting.

Eight participants graduated from the free 10-week course taught by the local police department.

For more than three decades, the LaGrange Police Department has conducted these classes in order to build relationships and foster understanding between police and the community. The classes bring citizens into the dayto- day processes of law enforcement, which allows the public to have insight into the people that keep our streets and homes safe.

The program exposes participants to a variety of policing topics in the form of lecture, hands-on and scenario-based training.

The course covers topics such as, constitutional policing, procedural justice, local community policing efforts, civilian response to active shooters, gang awareness, crime scene processing, K-9 handling, and citizen-police encounters.

The program also allows officers to receive feedback from the public in a friendly encouraging environment.

Graduates from the current class include: Linda Frano, Margaret McDonald, Christine Fannin, Jennifer Wiggins, Stephanie Varner, Raul Rodriguez, Clyde Woempner, and Judith Merrill.

In other business, the council scheduled a public hearing on Dec. 8 to for a potential rezoning application for nine lots on Jordans Way and Aaron Drive that would allow for duplex houses to be built on combined lots.

The council also voted to send an annexation request for a property at 71 Busch Drive to the Board of Planning and Zoning for review.

Finally, the council held a first reading for an ordinance amendment that would reorganize the leadership structure in the public services and utilities departments.

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