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25 graduate from Duluth’s citizen police academy

Twenty-five participants celebrated their graduation from the City of Duluth Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy recently. (Special Photo)

Twenty-five participants celebrated their graduation from the City of Duluth Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy recently. (Special Photo)

Twenty-five people celebrated their graduation from the Duluth Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy recently.

In 11 three-hour sessions, beginning on Jan. 23 and meeting every other Thursday evening, the participants learned about arrest laws, patrol techniques, domestic violence, crisis intervention, firearms safety, emergency vehicle operation, crime scene management and traffic enforcement.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to enhance communication and understanding between the police department and residents. Participants were able to use a scenario-based shooting simulator, drive a patrol vehicle on a closed course and schedule ride-alongs with officers on duty to see what they face each day.

The next Citizen Police Academy will begin in September. For more information, visit www.duluthpd.com or email Major Woodruff at dwoodruff@duluthpd.com. Applicants must be 21 or older and have a valid driver’s license to participate.