Parrish Police Chief Nick Smith said the academy, which is one of the many programs the Parrish Police Department offers to citizens, ended with the participants completing and receiving CPR certification.
“We offer the citizens of Parrish these programs for the purpose of being able to work together,” Smith said. “By working together, we can accomplish any goals that the citizens of Parrish are wanting to achieve.”
Smith said the third Public Safety Academy had 10 citizens who participated and graduated, and has had a total of 32 graduates since the department began offering the program more than a year ago.
“We would like to offer a special thanks to all the folks who helped us make this academy a successful one, including Scott Karr, the director of the Bevill State Community College Paramedic Program for his instructions in CPR; Albert Day Legg, a Jasper attorney who discussed the ‘Different Branches of Government; Darryl Gurganus, parole/probation officer, who explained the Alabama Probation and Parole System; and Constable Hugh Plylar, who has been a part of all three academies and is very instrumental to the Parrish Police Department and the instructional part of the academy,” Smith said
The citizens who graduated from the 3rd Parrish Police Public Safety Academy are Nina Threadgill, Jeff Nelson, Alice McBee, Eddie Cagle, Jared “Bubba” Cagle, Birdell Atkins, Paula Burton, Arthur Reel, Danny Burnett and Deborah Kutchey.