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23 residents get glimpse of police work, graduate from Basalt Citizens’ Police Academy

Staff report

Graduates from the second annual Basalt Citizens' Police Academy were recognized for their efforts in a ceremony Nov. 19.

The Basalt Citizens' Police Academy had a successful run this fall when 23 people graduated from the eight-week program.

The Basalt Police Department offered residents of Basalt and anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley a chance to learn more about why cops do the things they do.

One session featured a detailed demonstration of what a police officer is doing and thinking during a routine vehicle stop. Officer Curt Donaldson described his actions while going through a simulated car stop, and then he had his students try it.

Another session featured what cops experience when they handcuff a suspect after an arrest.

A session on firearms instruction is always popular because participants get to shoot pistols and rifles.

The sessions were held throughout September and October. A graduation ceremony was held Nov. 19 at the Basalt Regional Library.

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Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott said the Basalt Police Department intends to keep hosting the citizens' police academies. The department hopes to see the idea expanded with law enforcement agencies throughout the valley.

Basalt's program is free. Advance registration is typically offered in August.

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