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Police in Oregon have new
sets of eyes to help fight crime. Sixteen new members joined the department's
They are not actually
sworn officers, but the residents have stepped up and are ready to work with
police to keep Oregon safer.
A mix of 16 men and women
and some younger citizen cadets graduated from the Oregon Citizens Police
Academy Monday. They received a certificate and were congratulated by the
police chiefs, Mayor Mike Seferian, and city council members.
The citizens attended the
academy for two hours every Monday night for 10 weeks. They learned firearms
safety, laws of arrest, and investigation techniques.
"We had [last year's
class] help us out in our different community policing events," explained Sgt.
Tony Castillo. "For example, we have them help out with our child
fingerprinting. They did this last year at Oregon Fest days, and they will do
it again this year. They also help us out on the days we do our drug drop off."
Chief Mike Navarre said
this is only the beginning of the department's partnership with the residents.
Some of the younger members actually have dreams of eventually becoming police