WP graduates first class of Citizens Police Academy

The Willow Park Police Department graduated its class of the first ever Citizens Police Academy recently with a celebration at Los Vaqueros. From left are WP Police Captain Daniel Franklin, Class President Michael Chandler, III, John Engels, Brian Markwardt, Michael Chandler, Jr., Marvin Glasgow, WP Police Chief Carrie West, WP Mayor Doyle Moss, Vice President Scott Smith, Secretary Pam Cannataro, Larry Bushwar and Teresa King. 

The Willow Park Police Department recently held its first ever Citizens Police Academy and graduated the class on May 23 at Los Vaqueros West. 

There were 10 men and women who graduated and honored for their commitment to the 10-week class, which covered the basics of police procedure, patrol, narcotics and crime scene processing. 

“The Willow Park Police Department is proud to announce the first class of the Citizens Police Academy was a success,” WP Police Chief Carrie West said. “The men and women of the Willow Park Police Department salute their dedication and willingness to participate. As chief, I am grateful for the dedication and commitment that each participant gave over the last 10 weeks. We are excited about the future of this program.”

WP Mayor Doyle Moss and former mayor Marvin Glasgow were among the members of the police academy.

“I thought it was a great experience,” Moss said. “I’m so proud of Chief West and Capt. Daniel Franklin for what they did. I’ve had several people ask me how they can be a part of it next time.”

Class President Michael Chandler III, praised the WPPD for their hard work in bringing in residents into their processes.

“The information we learned during this time is invaluable,” Chandler said. “We really understand what they deal with on a day-to-day basis.”

The WP Citizens Police Academy is expected to return in 2020.

“I congratulate the inaugural class of the Willow Park Citizen’s Police Academy. It is representative of the high character, highly engaged and caring people of Willow Park,” WP City Manager Bryan Grimes said. “We look forward to having the next class in 2020.”

For more information visit the WPPD webpage at www.willowpark.org.