MPD celebrates graduation of 22nd Citizen’s Police Academy class

Members of the Morristown Police Department, including Chief Roger Overholt and Deputy Chief Michelle Jones, congratulate the Citizen’s Police Academy’s 22nd class.

The Morristown Police Department’s 22nd Citizen’s Police Academy Class graduated on June 4. The academy began on May 7 and consisted of 18 people.

During the course of the academy, the students learned about the department’s day-to-day operations, as well as some specialty units like Internet Crimes Against Children Unit; Crime Scene Investigation; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, narcotics, K-9 operations, traffic stops, DUI enforcement, and the department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

Before the completion of the class, the citizens also participated in an optional “Range Day” to learn about firearms, and were required to do an eight-hour ride-along with patrol officers.

The Citizen’s Police Academy began in May 1998 as a way to enhance relations between Morristown residents and the MPD. The Citizen’s Police Academy has graduated more than 350 participants. For more information about the program, contact Lt. Todd King in the Training Division at 423-585-4646.