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In its inaugural class, the Chapin Police Department recognized 12 local citizens who completed a six-week course to learn more about police operations and public safety resources. The class was made up of people who work and live in the town, including some retirees and Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson.
Led by Captain Troy Crump, each of the Chapin police officers sessions on police operations and organization, an introduction to community-oriented policing, patrol functions, criminal investigations, narcotics as well as other police functions. Special guest speaker Sherri Driggers from the SC Criminal Justice Academy discussed the intricacies of the legal system and constitutional rights.
The academy was comprised of two-hour sessions that were held weekly on Wednesday evenings in the Community Room at Town Hall. Graduates of the Citizens’ Academy will be eligible to go on ride-a-longs with officers, and many have expressed interest in volunteering at department functions within the community.
“It was a great experience organizing the Citizens’ Academy, and the members of this first class were excellent and very attentive,” Crump said. “We look forward to building on this success to make it even bigger and better for future classes.”
Photo Caption: Graduates of the first Chapin Citizens Academy. (L-r) Front row: Norman Foote, Carrie Foote, Capt. Troy Crump, and Sue James. Second row: Don James, Jim Pope, April Robinson, Bill Lindsay, Skip Wilson and Chief Seth Zeigler. Third Row: Otis Robinson, Debb Romanelli and Keith Alverson. Absent: Angela Robinson