Durham police honor citizens’ academy graduates

DURHAM – The Durham police on Thursday recognized residents who took part in a program on why and how police do what they do.

Chief C.J. Davis congratulated the Citizens’ Police Academy 19 new graduates.

For six weeks the department’s community resources unit walked them through everything that comes with having a badge — ride-alongs, crime scene simulations, and what happens when they have to draw their weapons.

“I thought like so many other people, ‘Why didn’t they shoot him in the leg? Why didn’t they just shoot him in the hand or something,’ in some of those cases and in some of the scenarios and some of the things we talked about in class answered those questions,” said Jim Alexander, program graduate. “They don’t honestly have time, and I had no idea that the mind took so long to catch up to what their fingers were doing in terms of responding to emergency situations.”

The program is an annual one. Anyone interested in participating in the next academy should contact the police department.

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