For the past ten weeks, 20 men and women have been learning the inner-workings of the Beckley Police Department.
They spent three hours each Wednesday afternoon attending training sessions focused on educating citizens on legal process and public safety.
But this Wednesday evening was a little different. The 20 graduates celebrated their completion of the Citizens Police Academy with a graduation ceremony.
Mayor Emmett Pugh and Police Chief Tim Deems served as keynote speakers at the event.
The purpose of this Academy was to foster better communication between citizens and the Beckley Police Department. The graduates have learned about police related topics, and also participated in a ride-along, tour of the Southern Regional Jail and the Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center.
This is the second class to graduate from Beckley's newly designed Citizens Police Academy.
The Beckley Police Department plans to hold the class again next year.