By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Citizens Police Academy graduates another class

SNELLVILLE – Another group of residents are educated in law enforcement thanks to the efforts of the Snellville Police Department.


The latest class of the Snellville Citizens Academy graduated recently. 

Those in the class (listed as they appear in the accompanying photo) are: From left, Robert Herrington, Anna S. Herrington, David Coe, Katie Thomason, Greg Purves, Alexandra Callaway, Jo White, Randell Crawford Sr,, Jasmin Rivera-Sommano, Jeff Miller, Alfred K Jallah, Nick Andrews and Lt. Robert Pendleton. Kimberly Kuharic and Kenny Venegas are in the front row. 

The Snellville Citizens Police Academy was founded in the Spring of 2003 with the graduation of the first class. The Academy has grown to a 12-week program which is held in the Spring and Fall each year. It is designed to educate the public about the operation of the police department and how the involvement of the community can help to deter crime.

Law enforcement topics are discussed and members engage in practical exercises with Snellville police officers. Topics include domestic violence, drug awareness, traffic stops, firearms training and crime scene processing. Participants will have a tour of the Gwinnett County Jail and will have a graduation dinner provided at the last session of the Academy.

The next class will take place in March.

This program is open to all Snellville and Gwinnett residents, 18 years and older. There is no charge for attending and you do not have to live in the city limits to participate. Applications are on the city website at snellville.org, or can be picked up at the police department. A background investigation will be conducted on all applicants prior to acceptance in the Academy.

For more information contact Lt. Robert Pendleton at 770-985-3555 or rpendleton@snellville.org.