Learning about law enforcement

Citizens Academy delves into second week of classes

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra Iowa State Patrol Trooper Dennis Schnathorst explains a concept concerning an initial appearance, which students got to witness Thursday evening, during the Third Annual Hamilton County Peace Officers Association’s Citizens Academy.

Locals interested in learning about law enforcement met Thursday evening at the Hamilton County Courthouse during the third annual Hamilton County Peace Officers Association Citizens Academy.

Communications specialist Chris Segar and Terry Christensen spoke with the class about Crimestoppers.

Magistrate Josie Greenley and Hamilton County Attorney Pat Chambers informed individuals about magistrate court and the responsibilities of the county attorney. Students even got the opportunity to witness an initial appearance in court Thursday evening.

Members of the Citizens Academy also got to hear about language barriers and law enforcement with Webster City resident Juan Trujillo. Trujillo is often called upon by local law enforcement to translate.

This was the second class in a nine-week series designed to inform the public about what local law enforcement does to protect the community.

The class will continue to meet Thursday evenings through May 4.

The Hamilton County Peace Officers Association is comprised of law enforcement and court officers, correctional officers, dispatchers and support staff that operate in Hamilton County.