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The Wheat Ridge Police Department graduated its Fall 2017 Citizen Police Academy (CPA) class last month: Beverly Agy, Terrel Agy, Michael Gates, Barrlomiej Kurpet, Valerie McNamara, Susan Parker, Julie Calvetti, Mary Young, Andrea Prall, Vincent Becraft, Katie Altschwager and Richard Blackburn.

The purpose of the CPA is to give people who live or work in Wheat Ridge an opportunity to learn first-hand about the inner workings of the police department. Police and civilian personnel present lectures and demonstrations providing participants with a better understanding of the department’s mission, practices, and operations.

“CPA provides a unique opportunity for people who work or live in Wheat Ridge to learn more about the dedication and training it takes be an officer with the Wheat Ridge Police Department,” said Chief Dan Brennan. “This class of graduates reported they not only learned a lot but had fun in the process. It’s gratifying that members of our community care enough to apply and participate in CPA each year. Graduating from CPA is the first step in becoming a volunteer for our department and we hope to see many of these folks in our 2018 Volunteer Academy.”

The next CPA is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2018 and classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday night for 12 weeks.

Watch for announcements on the Wheat Ridge Police Facebook page and the City of Wheat Ridge at