Citizens urged to become police ambassadors

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Josh Wiley, one of the 12 graduates of the Aledo Police Department Citizens Academy receives his certificate from APD interim Chief Terry Dove.

Graduates of the first Aledo Police Department Citizen Academy were encouraged to go out and become ambassadors between the police department and citizens at the first graduation ceremony for the academy held Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

The program was instituted by Aledo's Interim Police Chief Terry Dove, who worked with a similar program when he lived in California.

This year's graduating class had 12 students, ranging in ages from a high school student, to a few retirees.

The class included Cory Brown, Cheryl Engle, Delane Holmes, James Holmes, Preston King, Becky Maynard, Edith Mack, Tessa Parks, Debra Robinson, Sheree Silverwood, Paul Walker and Josh Wiley.

The students and audience were welcomed by Chief Dove, who first introduced Pastor Carl Stoldt, chaplain for the police department, who gave the invocation.

Guest speaker Mercer County Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee started out the speeches. Lee served as one of the instructors during the eight-week session and talked about her past three years serving in the state's attorney's office. She explained to academy members about how the state's attorney's office interacts with area law enforcement. "The people that graduated from this academy will spread what they learned from us," she said.