Holly Springs Police to have informative community meetings
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
February 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HOLLY SPRINGS — City residents who want to learn more or have concerns about their police department can soon get their answers.

Two zone meetings for Teamwork Results Accountability Communication Enforcement in Holly Springs are scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

The Holly Springs Police Department has scheduled the Zone 2 TRACE meeting for Wednesday at 7 p.m. Zone 2 includes Morgan Road, Hickory Road from Palm Street to New Light Road, and from Highway 5 to Pinecrest Road to Univeter Road.

The Zone 3 TRACE meeting will be March 2 at 7 p.m. Zone 3 includes Highway 5 south from Hickory Road on the east side of Highway 5, Palm Street, and the Publix shopping center in Holly Springs.

The meetings are open to all community members, according to Lt. Tanya Smith of the Holly Springs Police Department.

“We give out the crime statistic for that zone, so (citizens) can see what’s going on in their immediate area,” Smith said.

The meetings also have an open forum time when citizens can ask questions or voice any concerns.

“It’s a two-way communication session between the citizens and the police department so we can all be on the same page and help each other,” Smith said. “We want them to feel safe and be involved in what’s going on. It helps us better serve the citizens.”

Each of the city’s four zones holds quarterly TRACE meetings.

The police department is also preparing to hold its Citizens Police Academy.

The application period runs through Friday, and Officer Greg Bettis said the class has a few slots left.

The first class will be held March 4. The academy will meet through April.

The citizens academy is designed to offer residents a firsthand look at the responsibilities and daily operations of the police department, including the history of law enforcement, federal, state, and local laws, uniform patrol functions, investigations, use of force, and firearms.

Bettis described the class as “a peek into the house of law enforcement.”

Some of the academy’s lessons can be applied in everyday life, like learning better ways to avoid being a victim of crime.

“This is about us as a community. Everything we do is relative to being a citizen in Holly Springs, or in the area,” Bettis said.

One of the highlights of the class is the opportunity to ride along with an officer on duty.

“You get a very hands-on experience by being able to ride with one of the officers,” Bettis said.

It is free to enroll in the citizens academy. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and are subject to background checks.

Visit www.hollyspringsga.us to print an application.

The police department will likely hold another citizens academy in the fall.

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