Twelve citizens of the community completed the West Hennepin Public Safety’s Citizens Police Academy course on Nov. 15. Through the seven-week course, the participants got to learn about the Police Department and it’s history. They experienced what it was like to make a traffic stop and how to testify in a court setting. Other classes during the seven weeks included information on Police K-9 and their use, taking a tour of the Hennepin County 911 Dispatch Center, recognizing and arresting impaired drivers, Use of Force tactics and weapons, investigative procedures and narcotics. Pictured in the front row are: Peggy Pouliot, Cindy McWilliams, Caroline McCoy, Debbie Moulds and Dennis Erbes. Back Row: Officer Rick Denneson, Roger Theis, Russ Anderson, Connor Box, Justin McCoy, Gary Valenta, Lyle Brandt, Sgt. Gary Kroells and Director Ray McCoy. Not pictured: Steve Borchers. The Citizens Police Academy is a free course put on to help inform, educate and build relationships between the West Hennepin Public Safety Department and the citizens they serve.