"Awesome," says Keith Cowart.
"Fantastic," added Charlotte Peters.
"Beneficial," replied Steve Black.
Those are words that some of the 20 graduates used to describe their experiences in the Citizens Police Academy.
A program run by the Parkersburg Police Department.
"We open up our doors within the department to let them see the life of a police officer on what we do on a day to day basis," Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said.
One by one, graduates came up to shake Sergeant Greg Collins' hand and receive a certificate for their ten week commitment in the class.
They learned some valuable lessons about the hard work officers put in each day to make our communities safer.
"I just knew they were on the street and I felt safe but now I know a whole lot more," says Peters.
"There's a lot of stuff the public doesn't know what goes on but it is necessary for the police to do their jobs correctly," added Black.
The Citizens Police Academy is all about building a trusting relationship between officers and the community.
These graduates won't have any trouble spreading the word about the program to everyone around town.
"It opens the eyes of the public to the police department and how they function," replied Cowart.
"It's an awesome class, it's really informative and it's a really great experience," Chelsea Barker said.
Citizen Police Academy officials are looking forward to educating more people from the community about their day to day job of making our city a better place to live.
Officials hope to start another class sometime this fall.
For more information about the program, visit http://pkbpolice.com/wp/citizens-police-academy or call 304-424-8444.