ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A group of people in Ashland celebrated a major accomplishment Monday night.
The group was the first graduates of the Citizens Police Academy since 1998.
More than a dozen people spent the past seven weeks learning the day to day functions of the Ashland Police Department and dealing with real-life scenarios.
Police say it’s all about opening up that line of communication between the community and the department and getting a better understanding on both ends.
“They come in from the community and see what police officers are faced with on a daily basis. They learned more about how we operate and why we do the things we do,” said Ashland Police Chief Robert Ratliff.
There were 14 graduates from the academy.
For more information about the program, call the Ashland Police Department.