FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPD Honors Graduates of 2019 Citizens Police Academy
Congratulations to the graduates of the 2019 Citizens Police Academy. On Oct. 17, 2019, the Springfield Police Department held a ceremony to honor the 25 graduates. In order to graduate, participants were required to complete 30 hours of instruction over 11 weeks. The course covered a variety of topics including police policies, crime scene processing, defensive tactics, use of firearms and organizational structure within the department.
The goal of the academy is to give citizens a better understanding of how the police department functions and what challenges officers face when working to serve the community.
Applications for the 2020 class will be accepted in the spring.
2019 graduates (listed in alphabetical order):
Fredrick (Fred) Ackley, Tom Bauer, Stacey Boyce, James (Jim) Brennecke, Walter Burk, Larry Crabb, Arthur Dixon, Rebecca (Becca) Fleming, Johnna (Jill) Gregory, Merleene Knapton, Courtney McCallister, Patricia (Maggie) Megalynn, April Miller, Gerrit Nibbelink, Daniel Ogunyemi, Juliette Ortiz, Joan Petty, Elissa Pineiro, Debbie Prothero, Marcia Smith, Tammy Thompson, Marcy VanDeBerg, Michele White-Ortiz, Barbara Wolfe.
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Media Contact: Jasmine Bailey, Public Affairs Officer