Crestview police: Public Safety Academy to return in spring

Public Safety Academy grad

The Crestview Public Safety Academy's first graduating class includes, front row, from left, Adrienne McKinnie, Obie and Joyce Heath, Nina Blake, Linda Parker, and Linda and Michael Mitchem. Second row: Thomas Schmoldt, Glenn Goll, Keith Wroten and Luke Sheplock. In the back row are academy administrator Wanda Hulion and Police Chief Tony Taylor.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Public Safety Academy, whose first class graduated Dec. 5, will return next spring, said community policing officer Wanda Hulion, the program's administrator.

And graduates of the 10-week course — which teaches residents the inner workings of first responders' operations — could expect an advanced course, Police Chief Tony Taylor said.

"I'm very pleased with this class," he said. "This program will do nothing but grow."

Graduates can help by generating interest among residents for the second class, he said.

That shouldn't be difficult, based on some of the 11 graduates' enthusiastic reactions after completing the course.

"I was hoping to learn what the police department does, and I found out they do a whole lot more than I thought they did," Joyce Heath said.

Her husband, Obie, and their classmates learned about police, fire, judicial and legal public safety services from agencies including Crestview's police and fire departments, the state attorney's office, defense attorneys, the court system and the Child Advocacy Center.

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