The 21st Citizens Police Academy began classes on Tuesday, February 26 at the Dalton Police Services Center. The first class was opened with a Presentation of the Colors by the DPD Honor Guard and a welcome from DPD Chief Jason Parker. The session concluded with a guided tour of the Police Services Center, led by Chief Parker.
The second meeting was held on March 5, at the Police Services Center. Captain Tom Phillips, commander of the department's Patrol Division, started off the session with an introduction to the functions of the Patrol Division. This overview detailed the different units that the Patrol division has and their duties. Captain Phillips also gave detailed information of the Neighborhood Policing program, that involves having officers assigned to different beats to become more involved in the area they are patrolling. The class was concluded by the DPD's Chaplains explaining their role in the agency.
The third class was held this past Tuesday, March 12, at the Police Services Center. This class had several different speakers that discussed many aspects of the agency. Chief Jason Parker began the class with an intro to Intelligent led policing, what it is and how it works. Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield followed up with information on tracking criminal trends and how these trends are tracked. GIS Craig Engleman was up next with an in depth look at technology in Law enforcement trends and the current uses of technology in the DPD. This session covered technology such as computers, Rapid Identification scanners, & the Pawn Shop database. The participants of the Police Academy had a lot of information to process Tuesday night.
The next class will meet on March 19, at the Police Services Center. Catch up with us next week for a look at that meeting!
Below: The DPD Honor Guard's Presentation of the Colors; Captain Tom Phillips discusses the Patrol Division operations; The Academy participants as they listen to the Chaplains discuss their roles; Chief Jason Parker explains Intelligent led policing. (Click images for larger version)