Parrish police to continue citizens academy classes
by Rachel Davis
Jun 18, 2012 | 1223 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Parrish Police Department will offer another year of its Citizens Public Safety Academy, starting July 9.

This is the second year the department has offered the class, which seeks to educate the public on the policies and procedures followed by the government around them.

“We started this to help educate members of the community on how police departments, town governments and municipal courts work,” Police Chief Nick Smith said.

The program will be held every Monday for four weeks and will culminate in a certificate of completion and recognition at the next Parrish Town Council meeting.

Among the topics to be covered are:

•General job description and duties of a police officer

•A breakdown of how city government operates

•How the court system works and the laws governing municipal courts

•Narcotics identification

•CPR/First Aid demonstration

•Crime prevention tips

•Avoiding identity theft and phone or internet scams

•Traffic laws and safety tips

“With the upcoming election, I think this would be good for anyone thinking about running for office,” Smith said.

Smith, along with Constable Hugh Plylar and Officers Chad Nalls and Roderick Mcconico will serve as instructors for this class.

The program is open to anyone in Walker County, not just residents of Parrish, but only 10 people will be accepted. Anyone interested is encouraged to call and reserve a spot.

“Once we fill the 10 spaces, anyone else will be put into the winter session,” Smith said.

Smith said this is another part of his focus on building a relationship of trust and understanding with the community by fostering an interest in public safety.