The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy held a graduation ceremony for its 34th class on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Bakers of Milford in which 33 graduates were honored.
“I am extremely proud of the number of participants that were either Milford residents or business owners,” said Milford Police Chief Thomas Lindberg. “We will now trust this group of graduates to recruit for future classes, as well as be positive ambassadors for the Milford Police Department well into the future.”
The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy is a joint venture between the Milford, Novi, Walled Lake, South Lyon and Wolverine Lake police departments.
Classes met every Wednesday evening at different locations throughout the lakes area.
The academy is a 30-hour program that provides practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and presentations based on police work.
Academy students were also given tours of the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Michigan State Police DNA lab, and also received some insight on how police and fire departments work together.
Students also witnessed a K-9 unit demonstration and were able to receive firearms training using the Firearms Training System.
The graduates will continue to have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a police officer in their community.
The next session of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, the 35th overall, is scheduled to take place next spring.
For more information about the academy, visit milfordpolice.com or contact Laurie Demko at 248-684-1815.
The Milford Police Department has also announced that it has created its own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Milford-Police-Department/470799872959291.
Those interested in following the department on Facebook are invited to visit the page and click “Like.”