The Wichita Eagle - - Opinion -

On Nov. 13 I grad­u­ated from the most un­be­liev­able ed­u­ca­tion free to Wi­chita cit­i­zens. This is a 13-week class spon­sored by Wi­chi­taSedg­wick County Law En­force­ment called Ci­ti­zen Po­lice Academy. An­other ses­sion will be held in the spring. At­ten­dance is at the beau­ti­ful new Law En­force­ment Train­ing Cen­ter on the east side of the WSU cam­pus. Dur­ing the 13 weeks we not only learned about the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and dan­gers our of­fi­cers are in­volved in day in and day out, but we also got to go and par­tic­i­pate in many of their ac­tiv­i­ties; e.g. tour­ing the shoot­ing range, jail, 911 fa­cil­ity, fin­ger­print­ing lab and the courts and records ar­eas. In ad­di­tion we learned about meth op­er­a­tions in the city/ county, gang ac­tiv­ity, etc. The high­light for me was rid­ing on his 10hour shift with Of­fi­cer J. O. Bur­nett and par­tic­i­pat­ing in his calls. Thanks to him, to Sgt. Ken­neth Kim­ble and to Sgt. Steven Olsen and the many who shared with us. Sign up. You will not be dis­ap­pointed.

– Glo­ria Bayer, Wi­chita

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