I would like to express my appreciation to the Waterford Police Department and the Waterford Rotary Club for sponsoring the Waterford Police Citizen's Academy. The academy took place one night weekly for 12 weeks beginning March 7. The participants were evenly split between men and women and represented a cross section of the community, some with jobs, some retired, and some in college.
Attendees were given hands-on demonstrations in topics like offensive/defensive tactics, accident investigation, use of force and firearms.
To get a realistic sense of the job, we rode with officers on patrol for three hours.
The skills session in week 11 provided insight into how officers are required to make tough decisions, sometimes with very little time.
I came away from my session with the knowledge that we in Waterford have a highly-competent, well-trained police department. I am grateful to Sgt. Marc Ballestracci, the lead facilitator, and the officers for volunteering their off-duty time to provide this opportunity.
Whether you're thinking of a career in law enforcement or you're curious about what members of our police force do daily, I highly recommend signing up for a session. It was well worth the time.