The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Citizens Academy held its 26th graduation ceremony on Tuesday, April 17.
The class’ 20 graduates joined the more than 600 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 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 want you folks to be part of the solution as we move forward in our community,” he said.
Student speaker William J. Coronado said it was “unbelievable” how much was covered in the academy. “One of the things I think we all appreciated was the hands-on experience,” he said. “The hands-on stuff really brought it home for us.”
Tuesday’s graduates included: Methal T. Amin, Isabella Axelson, Robert S. Barnes, Desiree M. Brown, Patricia Brown, William J. Coronado, Kathryn M. Coronado, Sylvia B. Crosby, Elizabeth Cruz-Diaz, Doris A. Edwards, Grant M. Garber, Bettie T. Howell, Rose R. Jones, Mary Jane Kochuben, William J. Kochuben, Matthew T. Kozusko, Jill S. Lewis, Dorothy D. McDowell, Dorothy M. Turkovich and Rita S. Yang.