On Nov. 17 the second Civilian Police Academy class graduated after completing a 10-week session.

The class consisted of 20 New Canaan residents who learned about Special Response Team duties, use of force, youth issues, the court system, traffic enforcement, domestic violence and the accreditation process.

Students were involved in role playing exercises using simulated firearms. Some of the students rode with officers while on patrol, which allowed them to observe the various duties and calls for service officers encounter.

The Civilian Police Academy was headed by Sgt. Louis Gannon who said the program was a tremendous success. Gannon has received a great deal of positive feedback from the students and the officers who served as instructors. The goal of the program is to increase citizen awareness of the day to day operations of the police department while building a cooperative relationship with the community.

The next Civilian Police Academy Class will take place this spring.