The Harrington Police Department held a Citizen Police Academy Graduation on May 4, 2010. The course was taught by off duty police officers Fifteen Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) completed the 12 week course, which was held every Thursday evening from 6-9 pm. The course was taught by off duty police officers, retired emergency professionals and local pastors. It was designed for the volunteers to understand the inner workings of the police department so they will have a better understanding of the responsibilities of the officers and the department.
The guest speaker was Kenneth Wagner, Youth Pastor of Calvary Wesleyan Church in Harrington, he runs a youth program called “UNITED” in which 200 youth participate in every Friday evening to meet, play games, play music, sing etc…. His message was to mentor a youth in the community and to congratulate the volunteers for taking an interest to help the PD in patrolling the city and neighborhoods, to help make Harrington a better and safer place.
Chief of Police Norman Barlow is very satisfied with the interest of the volunteers and noted that everyone attended all classes and were very eager to learn and participate. He is also excited with the extra eyes and ears he will now have in the community which will take some of the workload off of the officers. The POC for the event was Ruth Peterman who is the Admin Support for the PD.