LIHUE — Thirteen civilians graduated from the Kauai Police Department’s fifth Citizens Police Academy class on Aug. 31, in the courtyard of Ka Hale Makai o Kauai, KPD headquarters.
“We are very proud of these citizens who volunteered their personal time to learn more about the demands and challenges of police work, and the culture of law enforcement,” said KPD Chief Darryl Perry. “We appreciate their ongoing dedication, and I look forward to seeing many more community relationships evolve through this valuable program.”
The graduates were honored with certificates of completion and commemorative chief’s coins, marking their accomplishment.
“Police are not separate from the community. We are a part of it and they are a part of us,” KPD Deputy Chief Michael Contrades said at the ceremony. “In order for us to safeguard the welfare of the community, we must work together and trust one another. Through our Citizen’s Police Academy, it is our sincerest desire to build trust, provide transparency and give members of the community an insight into actual police work.”
Graduate Charles Ryan spoke on behalf of his fellow classmates, and Lt. Roderick Green was the emcee for the ceremony.
The Citizens Police Academy is an interactive program designed to educate the public about KPD policies and the criminal justice system. The 13-week program combines classroom and field instruction, allowing participants to better understand the role of a police officer. All participants must attend at least 11 of the 13 courses in order to graduate from the academy.
The goals of KPD’s Citizens Police Academy are to build relationships, increase community involvement and reduce crime on the island.
“The Citizens Police Academy was an informative and enjoyable experience,” said graduate Justin Faford. “I recommend that anyone interested in learning more about the Kauai Police Department apply for the next class when it becomes available.”
The academy’s next class has not yet been scheduled, but applications are available at Ka Hale Makai o Kauai, 3990 Kaana St., Suite 200, or under the “Online Forms” section of the KPD website, www.kauai.gov/police.