The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Senior Citizens Academy held its eighth graduation ceremony on Tuesday, July 17.
The 20 graduates joined the more than 700 county residents who have already completed the Senior Citizens or Citizens academies, which were first offered in 1999.
The academy includes visual presentations, question-and-answer sessions, tours and a variety of practical exercises. The department believes graduates of the Senior Citizens Academy play an important partner role in helping it ensure that Chesterfield County is the safest and most secure community of its size in the U.S.
At Tuesday’s ceremony, Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of police, encouraged the graduates to get involved in the community and communicate with their leaders. “I hope one of the things that you’ve seen is the value of getting involved,” he said.
Student speaker Martha Saunders thanked the department for providing the graduates with such a positive and powerful experience. “This program exceeded any expectations we could possibly have had,” she said.
Tuesday’s graduates included: Mike Baumgardner, Natalie Bradshaw, Wanda Crowder, Les Grizzard, Weldon Hazlewood, Gilbert Lewis, Linda Lewis, Mike McGraw, Charlotte Panther, Sharon Ramey, Clarice Romisher, Martha Saunders, Gayle Sussman, Jeffrey Taylor, Richard Taylor, Barbara Turner, Alice Warner, Mervin Warner, Sandra Westmoreland and Karen Ylimaki.