JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Citizen Police Academy tries to help bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.
For some graduates of the academy, it has even inspired them to become officers.
According to Sergeant Cassie Brandon, three graduates have applied for jobs at the Jonesboro Police Department.
One graduate is already an officer at the Trumann Police Department.
Cheyenne Jordan is one of the graduates looking to be a full-time officer.
"It is literally my dream job," Jordan said. "I am still very young but I want to be a JPD officer."
Jordan said she has always wanted to be an officer, but being a part of the citizen academy further inspired her.
"For me I wanted to be a police officer beforehand and then this just made me want to jump in and do it even more," Jordan said.
Jordan said the academy gives hands-on experience and lets you see exactly what being an officer is like.
During the 12-week program, those in the class learn various things like patrol operations, criminal investigations, SWAT operations, criminal analysis, court procedures and more.
"I love everything about it, especially the ride along. You get to see everything they do on the streets and how they handle themselves with the citizens of Jonesboro," Jordan said.
Jordan said being part of the academy was not only fun, but she also learned more about the academy than she did in school.
"I look at it for myself as a pre-academy for the academy. I loved every part of it and I learned so much even the stuff I learned in the Citizen Police Academy I haven't learned in college," Jordan said.
Although some people want to continue a career in law enforcement, some just like the opportunity to understand police procedures.
"Our motto is to bridge the gap between the community and police department," Jordan said.
Jordan also said being a part of the academy is like being a part of family.
"You connect and grow with your class as well," Jordan said.
Jordan encourages anyone interested in learning about police to apply for the academy.
Applications for the fall session are available on the Jonesboro Police Department's website.
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