The Academy met every Tuesday night and saw the graduation of 10 of its 12 applicants. Students received a breakdown of how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies operate, how the court system functions, and a tour of Parrish Town Hall and the police department. They were also shown equipment police officers use and how it operates, a presentation on illegal narcotics and a demonstration on procedures on traffic citations and radar detection use. Presentations were also given by Jeff Sparks of Daybreak on domestic violence laws, a demonstration on CPR by Parrish Fire Chief Randy Phillips, and Walker County District Judge Henry Allred spoke on his duties and service to the county.
Along with Smith, Parrish Police Sgt. Jack Cooley and Officer Chad Gurganus provided instruction for the program and were assisted by Constable Hugh Plylar.
“This was new territory for us and we didn’t know how this first academy would go, but I think everyone that attended would agree we had a very educational and enjoyable outcome,” Smith said. “We’re planning on holding another academy in October, and, if that one goes well, having two a year from now on.”
The 10 graduates of the program were Danny Burnett, Linda Aldridge, John Poe, James Poe, Paula Bruton, Birdell Atkins, Lona Plylar, Wayne Smith, Bobbi Smith and Cody McGill. McGill applied to the Parrish Police Officer Reserve program and was accepted in a vote by the town council at the April 12 meeting.