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Richmond graduates 11th class from Citizens Police Academy

RICHMOND – The largest class of the Richmond Citizens Police Academy graduated recently.

This was the 11th session of the 10-week class, which meets from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at the Richmond Village Hall, 5600 Hunter Drive, to learn about the role of the police in the community, patrol activities, range visit, investigations and use of force, according to a news release.

The course also involves debunking police myths, a K-9 unit demonstration and ride-a-longs.

The 15 participants included residents from Richmond as well as the surrounding area, the release said.

Many have already joined the Richmond Illinois Citizens Police Academy Association, which assists the department and village as needed by fundraising and purchasing equipment, promoting awareness of law enforcement issues and serving as unofficial public relations, according to the association's website.

“Our goal is to educate and build a closer bond with our resident and business community,” Police Chief Ciro Cetrangolo said in the release.

Another session of the Citizens Police Academy will begin this fall.

For more information, call 815-678-4163 or go to the Richmond Illinois Citizens Police Academy Association's website at www.richmondilcpaa.org.

- Northwest Herald

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