The Dalton Police Department's 20th Citizens Police Academy officially wrapped up on Tuesday night with a graduation ceremony and banquet at Ryman Hall. After a dinner catered by the Filling Station restaurant in downtown Dalton, each participant in the Citizens Academy was called to the stage and received their diploma.
The 10 week course designed to give citizens an in depth look at each aspect of the police department's operations concluded two weeks ago.
Chief Jason Parker welcomed the Citizens Academy members and their families with remarks at the beginning of the ceremony, and then was joined on the stage by City Alderman George Sadosuk and Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver who also saluted the participants. Lt. Chris Crossen, the coordinator for the Citizens Academy, then read each participant's name as they received their diplomas.
Applications for the next Citizens Police Academy will be taken starting in December, so keep checking back with the Dalton Police Blog for updates!
Below: Scenes from the Citizens Police Academy graduation ceremony (to see more pictures from Tuesday night's ceremony, click here to view a photo gallery on the DPD's Facebook page).