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at Hall Kent Elementary School in order to train offi cers in proper response techniques. "It was extremely helpful to our people to participate in that type of drill," Atkinson says. Atkinson and Hampton also lead the city's Citizen's Police Academy, a yearly course where interested Homewood citizens attend a series of classes in order to learn and understand what HPD offi cers do. "The biggest benefi t of CPA is that the public learns what we do and why we do it. It serves a dual purpose," Adkison says. "CPA exposes citizens to the depart- ment, the work we do, and edu- cates them about police work, but it also gives the offi cers a chance to meet and discuss issue with citizens." The Center not only hosts regular training classes, but is also used to host meetings and other department functions. In addition to the classroom that accommodates up to 30 and is outfi tted with state-of- the-art audio-visual equipment, there is also conference space and storage. Chief Roberson concludes, "We have wonderful offi cers in Homewood, and we are honored to serve this community." Regularly, offi cers receive advance training in defensive tactics, fi rearms and tasers, and driving skills. H 32 H o m e w o o d M a g a z i n e 2 0 1 5

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