Wyoming Air Guard officers graduate the Citizen's Police Academy

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  • By Airman 1st Class Nichole Grady
  • 153rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Crime scene processing, traffic enforcement, firearms familiarization, and building searches were just a few of the law enforcement duties 1st Lt. Berlinda White and 2nd Lt. Carly York were introduced to during their eight week attendance at the Citizen's Police Academy.

Hosted by the Cheyenne Police Department, the course is a community education and involvement program developed to increase citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement.

"This was an outstanding opportunity for every day citizens to become better informed on the types of crimes that are occurring within our community," said White, military personnel management office for Joint Force Headquarters-Wyoming.

Tasks such as driving police cars, shooting weapons and working crime scenes provided participants the opportunity to witness common scenarios regularly experienced by law enforcement.

"I had a lot of fun," said York, a force support officer for JFHQ. "The academy has shown me how dedicated and passionate our law enforcement officers are about their work."

The course also allows citizens to get to know officers as individuals and understand the sacrifices they make to protect our community, White said. Officers teaching the course volunteer their personal time to teach the course.

"I highly recommend this course," said York. "The experience was not only informative, but also fun."

If you are interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy or for more information contact Sgt. Rob Dafoe at (307) 637-6583.