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January 22, 2014 - Jill Gosche
About a year ago, I learned I would have the opportunity to go through Tiffin Police Department's first citizen's academy. I had had experience working with the police department as I have done police reporting on and off since 2002, but I love learning new things and looked forward to the experience. Throughout the program, my classmates and I got to ride along in police cruisers, watch a dispatcher at work, shoot firearms and more. We also learned about the department's efforts to combat drugs and about how the court system works. Some deep friendships formed throughout the program; the relationships are so strong, my class opted to keep meeting after graduation. Our class meets once a month to talk about how we can help and support the police department. We also assisted with Safety City last year. The citizens academy experience far exceeded my expectations, and I am thankful I had the chance to go through it. Now, a whole new group of citizens can have this opportunity. The police department has applications available for the second citizen's academy program. The deadline to turn in completed applications is Feb. 14. The academy begins March 18 and is to occur 11 consecutive weeks, with graduation May 27. Each class is 7-9:30 p.m. For more information, call the department at (419) 447-2323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.