The 18th Dalton Police Department Citizens' Police Academy kicked off on Tuesday night with a three-hour session led by Chief Jason Parker. Chief Parker gave the 30-member group a brief lesson on the history of policing, followed by an overview of the structure of the DPD and the way the department operates. He also led the group through a discussion of some of the department's latest strategies for fighting crime in Dalton, including the use of new crime-mapping software included with the department's new records management system.
The evening concluded with a tour of the Police Services Center, led by Chief Parker and Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield.
Below (from left): Sergeant Mike Dyer speaks to the class, Chief Jason Parker leads a tour outside the administration offices, and one of the department's interview rooms (click thumbnails for a larger version of the image).