I recently completed a 13-week course at the Amherst Police Department called Citizen Police Academy. Under the direction of Lt. Stephen McGonagle, I along with 24 others have become very knowledgeable about many facets of our legal system and Police Department.
Each week a different topic was discussed by an officer of that department, such as criminal procedure, accident investigation, DWI enforcement, homicide, narcotics, forensics, K-9, family offense unit, domestic violence, etc.
We also learned about firearm safety and had an opportunity to take an eight-hour ride-along with an officer. The experience opened our eyes as to what goes on in the community and how these wonderful officers respond to problems. This class showed me why our Amherst Police Department is one of the finest in the country.