Five members of the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association graduated on Tuesday, June 18, from the NYPD's Citizens' Police Academy — an in-depth 14-week program that provides extensive training and education about the NYPD's work.
Elaine Carillo, left, Susan Sweeney, Stephen Forte, Janet Forte and Marie Paz received their diplomas from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in a ceremony at One Police Plaza.
The program covered a variety of subjects, including criminal justice law, hostage negotiations, child abuse, counterterrorism and school safety. The graduates even had the opportunity to use the NYPD's sophisticated firearms training simulator.
"The Citizens' Police Academy taught me a remarkable amount about the Police Department's work," said Forte, who is the WRBA's treasurer. "It deepened my appreciation for all that goes into policing, and it made me much more aware of how I can help the police in my community. I look forward to applying those lessons in my civic involvement with the Block Association."