Millsboro Citizens’ Police Academy class nears graduation
Classmates who completed the Millsboro Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy will graduate this week, at a ceremony at town hall.
They will be presented with certificates at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, according to Police Chief Brian Calloway.
The academy, which began in early October, attracted 27 people, who had the opportunity to learn how the police department, and associated agencies, operate. Among students are a 15-year-old, a couple in their 30s, individuals in their 20s, and retirees who are new to the area and interested in local law enforcement.
Classes, every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m., have focused on topics including courtroom procedures, the process of becoming a police officer in Delaware, crime scene processing and judicial proceedings. Starting a community watch program was discussed. Participants toured Sussex Correctional Institution, the medical examiner’s office and the county’s dispatch center.
“It’s been going very well. We had 20 people for the field trip to the correctional institute last week — 20 participants and me. Sgt. David Moyer was there, as well. This week we have a field trip planned to the Delaware State Police Academy, for a tour there,” Calloway said.
“The participants like to ask questions. When we visited the correctional institute, they had questions for the correctional officers. They asked who was the worst inmate they have had here. There have been people who have escaped, and they asked about that. Some asked things like, how many people are housed there,” he said.
“The police department loves doing this type of thing,” said Millsboro Police Detective David Moyer.
“It helps the public understand what we’re doing and helps to bridge the gap. It builds that insurance in the police, so we don’t have to explain so much. It’s an important two-way communication,” he said.
By Susan Canfora