The Newton Police Department on Monday, June 9, 2014 held a graduation ceremony for the participants who completed the 2014 Citizens Police Academy. Twelve members of the Newton community graduated from the seven week program, which provides insight into the daily operations of the police department.
“We had a great group of participants this year, and they now have a better understanding of how the Newton Police Department works,” Police Chief Don Brown said. “The purpose of the academy is to open lines of communication to help the public better understand why police officers follow certain procedures, which are in place for their safety.”
The group met each Monday beginning April 29 for a two-hour class taught by members of the police department. The academy explored the areas of administration, support services, vehicle stops, criminal and narcotics investigations, code enforcement and animal control and firearms.
Mayor Anne Stedman, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Bess Lawing, Council Member John Stiver and City Manager Todd Clark joined the police department in recognizing the participants and expressing appreciation for the group’s interest in local government.
This year’s participants were Beth Cline, W.E. Coates Jr., Richard Painchaud, Steven Painchaud, Pamela Paxton, Darlene Pitman, Brenda Pritchard, Donald Pritchard, David Shugart, Joshua Smith, Walter Smith and Alexandria Snyder.
Front Row: Capt. Mike Sullivan, Walter Smith, Joshua Smith, Beth Cline, Pamela Paxton, Darlene Pitman, Mayor Anne Stedman, Mayor Pro Tem Mary Bess Lawing.
Back Row: Lt. David Sigmon, Chief Don Brown, Councilman John Stiver, David Shugart, W. E. Coates Jr., Richard Pinchaud, Steven Pinchaud, Donald Pritchard, Brenda Pritchard.