Duke in Pics: Citizens' Police Academy Graduation

Duke community members train with Duke police officers for eight weeks

During the past two months, Jessica Emig has learned about Duke Hospital security practices, how to safely handle a firearm, and what to do in case of an active shooter scenario.Emig, a program coordinator with Duke Fraternity & Sorority Life, is one of 18 Duke community members who graduated Friday from the Citizens’ Police Academy. The academy is organized by the Duke University Police Department to teach staff, faculty and students about daily safety and security operations.This is the fifth class graduating from the program, in which participants learn how police officers are trained to respond to emergencies, identify behaviors of concern, conduct crime scene investigations and more. “It helps you see that big picture and helps you appreciate where you come to work every day, and it’s a safe environment,” Emig said. The 8-week Citizens’ Police Academy is for Duke University and Health System faculty, staff and students. The next academy is in September, and those who are interested can visit the Duke Police website for more information and to sign up. Duke Police has had approximately 84 people graduate from the program so far, representing all areas of Duke, from the Duke Human Vaccine Institute to the Fuqua School of Business. Graduates from the fifth academy were honored at a luncheon at the Devil’s Den on Central Campus, where they received a certificate and lapel pin from Duke Police. John Dailey, Duke’s chief of police, said the Citizens’ Police Academy is about more than teaching police tactics and showing off equipment they use when responding to calls or patrolling campus.“What the most important thing is, is the interaction with people and the connection with the community,” he said. The graduating members of the fifth Citizens’ Police Academy class are:•    Tracy Chelenza, Office of General Counsel•    Dawn Cronce, Duke Law School•    Ariel Dawn, Office of the Vice Provost for Research •    Joseph Drommer, Bon Appetit Management, Fuqua School of Business•    Jessica Emig, Fraternity & Sorority Life•    Ambrosia Garcia, Duke Human Vaccine Institute•    Terry Hales, DCRI•    Rosa Hicks, Duke Medical Center•    Margaret Hoover, Office of General Counsel•    Benjamin Kahn, Office of General Counsel•    Cris Karasek, DCRI•    Belinda Keith, Sanford School of Public Policy•    Anna Li, Student Affairs•    Martha Orman, Fuqua School of Business•    Michael Pearce, Fuqua School of Business•    Mary Ann Plambeck, Duke Cancer Center•    Ken Powell, Duke Health System•    Brenda Tate, Fuqua School of Business