Crestview police: Public Safety Academy to return in spring

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM.

Students learned about communications, evidence gathering, investigations, domestic violence, traffic enforcement, chaplaincy, police patrol, drug investigation, firearm safety, the SWAT team and firefighting.

"The goal was to give them a glimpse of our world," Taylor said.

That mission was accomplished, if Crestview High School senior Michael Mitchem's reaction is an indication.

"I liked it more than school," he said.

Academy graduates represented a range of ages. Michael, who is also in the Police Explorers club, will enter the Marine Corps upon high school graduation in June. He joined retirees and others who participated in the program.

Glenn Goll, a retired corrections officer who had experience in policing while a Marine, said the program satisfied his curiosity.

"You don't know about the internal workings of a police department," he said. "This was very enlightening."

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