WOODSTOCK — Fourteen graduates of the Woodstock Citizens Public Safety Academy received their diplomas Thursday at a ceremony at Magnolia Hall in Woodstock.
Woodstock Police Chief Calvin W. Moss and Fire Chief Dave Soumas recognized the graduates at the ceremony.
The program is designed to strengthen the relationship between the community and the Woodstock Police and Fire Departments, as well as spotlight the responsibilities of public safety personnel and the risks associated with the professions.
Citizens Public Safety Academy is a series of educational classes designed to enhance the citizen’s understanding of various aspects within the police and fire profession, Woodstock Police spokesperson Brittany Duncan said in a news release.
“Some of the classes taught during the 12-week series were Domestic Violence Response, Criminal Investigation Procedures, Crime Prevention, SWAT demonstrations, fire safety and fire prevention,” Duncan said.
The Woodstock Police Department and the Woodstock Fire Department will have another Citizens Public Safety Academy, which will be announced at a later date, she said.
Graduates from the spring 2013 Citizens Public Safety Academy were Stephanie Adkins, Ronald Alsup, Mark Bernhardt, Marvin Clark, Sharon Clark, Christine Divine, Deborah Divine, Stephen Divine, Markam Hersh, Brett Laney, Linda Palmer, Gisela Villena Silva, Darrell Simpson and Christina Woody.