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Citizens academy under way

March 27, 2013 - Jill Gosche
The Tiffin Police Department's citizens academy is under way, and I am honored to be part of the first class of about a dozen students.

Last week marked the first meeting of the class, and it was an interesting one. We learned about the history of the city of Tiffin and the police department and also about the flood that devastated Tiffin 100 years ago. We also heard about how first responders react to situations. Tuesday was our second class, and it included a tour of the department and a presentation about investigations. I enjoyed learning about lie-detector tests and the way investigators conduct interviews and interrogations.

For next week's class, we will be divided into four groups to learn about firearms, less lethal weapons, use of force, and patrol and communication. All four women in the academy are in the same group, and our first lesson will be firearms. I'm anxious to get in the firing range Tuesday. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the citizens academy so far. The lessons have been interesting and thought-provoking, and I am finding myself looking forward to each week's class.

I appreciate the efforts of the department's personnel to offer us this opportunity.



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