Since its inception in 1997, more than 450 people have graduated from the Citizens’ Police Academy in Brookhaven. The number of graduates grew by 25 last month as the 17th graduating class was inducted during ceremonies at the Brookhaven Municipal Center.
In addition to the graduates, a number of guests attended including Lt. Colonel Scott Snyder, of the Pennsylvania State Police, Harrisburg; Lt. Anthony Sivo, commanding officer of the Media barracks of the State Police; County District Attorney G. Michael Green; Brookhaven Mayor Michael S. Hess; Brookhaven Council President John J. Wilwert Jr.; and Brookhaven councilwomen Janice Sawicki and Denise Leslie.
The class was coordinated by Brookhaven Police Chief John Eller and State Trooper Rosemary McGuire.
Addressing the graduates, Snyder spoke of his father, also a police officer, who rode his horse down the streets of Allentown and stopped frequently to speak with business owners and people on the street.
“It is very important for police officers to have good community relations,” said Snyder. “I commend you (the graduates) for making a commitment to the community by taking this course.”
Green said it’s impossible for police to be on every corner and he stressed the importance of citizen assistance.