TPD completes second Citizens Police Academy

Graduates develop understanding of law enforcement operations
Jun. 03, 2014 @ 03:35 PM

The Thomasville Police Department honored graduates of their Citizens Police Academy class Tuesday evening.

The academy was attended by 13 members of the community, who met every Tuesday for eight weeks to learn about various law enforcement functions. Over the course of those eight weeks, participants learned about all aspects of policing and the operations of the Thomasville Police Department.

Classroom presentations were augmented with community partners to bridge the

gap between the community and law enforcement and also help explain why certain procedures are carried out.

“This gave the folks an opportunity to ask why we do things the way we do them,” TPD Chief Jeff Insley said. “Sometimes there is an understanding or a communication gap, so we wanted to show them what we do why we do what we do. They may not agree with you, but by encouraging understanding, they are comfortable asking why.”

The academy culminated with a dinner and graduation ceremony that took place at the

Thomasville Police Academy. District Court Judge Mary Covington was the guest speaker. The alumni of the academy will assist the Thomasville Police Department in future events such as Everybody’s Day and National Night Out. The alumni will also be invited to participate on future hiring boards for the police department.

“This is the first academy during my tenure in Thomasville,” said Insley. “The

academy was a huge success and I commend each of the 13 participants for taking time out of their busy schedules to want to learn about our everyday functions. This says a lot about how much they care about their community and want to be involved.”

Insley said that when a situation occurs, it is important the community is willing and able to assist in investigations.

“With the staff we have and the area we're responsible for, it's always good to have those eyes out there who say ‘I saw this’ or ‘I observed that,’” Insley said. “Often, that information is what helps us identify cases. A prime example would be the issue we had on Unity Street recently. If the folks hadn't notified us, we would not have been able to recover property.”

The goal of the Thomasville Police Department is to improve relationships and understanding with the community which will help improve the quality of life in Thomasville. Another academy is already in the planning stages for next year. For more information, contact Lt. Donnie Rowe at 336-475-5584.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3578, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.