Coon Rapids Police Citizens Academy graduates 15

Fifteen members of the eighth annual Coon Rapids Police Citizens Academy graduated Nov. 7.

Members of the 2013 Coon Rapids Police Citizens Academy, from left to right, Sgt. Daren Keasling, Police Chief Brad Wise, Rita Smith, Tammy Hyry, Sonja Kempfert, Sandy Seekon, Deborah Trull, Bradley Worcester, Michelle May, Bette Fritze, Kathie Casey, Michael Hanson, Dick Casey, Bryant Backstrom, Angela Tompkins, Melvin Hunnicutt and Sgt. Ben Bautch.

Members of the 2013 Coon Rapids Police Citizens Academy, from left to right, Sgt. Daren Keasling, Police Chief Brad Wise, Rita Smith, Tammy Hyry, Sonja Kempfert, Sandy Seekon, Deborah Trull, Bradley Worcester, Michelle May, Bette Fritze, Kathie Casey, Michael Hanson, Dick Casey, Bryant Backstrom, Angela Tompkins, Melvin Hunnicutt and Sgt. Ben Bautch.

Hosted by Sgts. Daren Keasling and Ben Bautch, these citizens spent their Wednesday evenings over the course of 10 weeks learning the inner workings of the police department.

This included how to process a crime scene, defensive tactics, canine demonstrations and police firearms.

Members also rode along with a police officer during a patrol shift, allowing for the opportunity to see what the job is like from the front seat of a squad car, according to Coon Rapids Police Chief Brad Wise.

“Most agreed that was the highlight of the academy,” Wise said.

As police chief and a longtime Coon Rapids resident, Wise is proud of the work done by all the department’s officers and grateful that these graduates were willing to give some of their free time “so we could show that off a little bit,” he said.

The comments shared by the graduates at the ceremony were overwhelmingly positive, Wise said.  “I think everyone said in one way or another that they had a great time and that it was well worth it,” he said.

Anyone who may be interested in being part of next year’s class should call Keasling at 763-767-6481.

The Police Citizens Academy is financed by the Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, a community non-profit committed to supporting the police department.

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