Edie said class participants always seem to be surprised by the number of routine calls the department gets, helping people with problems such as finding raccoons under their deck to turning on a furnace.
“We’re trying to help the community in any way possible,” she said.
The class pays dividends for officers too, as they get to be seen in a different light.
“They love it because any chance they get to show off the cool things they do, they enjoy it,” Edie said. “Too often there’s a negative connotation with police officers and when they get to show what a positive factor they can be, it’s nice.”
Edie said the department is currently accepting applications for next year’s class. Applications may be picked up at the Speedway Police Station at 1410 N. Lynhurst Dr.