“The more people, the more exciting. A lot of people don’t realize how fun it is until they are there,” Howard said.
Not only have participants left the academy feeling enriched, so do the the officers who train them, according to police.
Inspector Charles Eaton, who last year led a class detailing the department’s gang unit and took a participant on a ride-along, said it was gratifying to share his knowledge with members of the community.
“It makes us more human,” Eaton said.
To obtain an application for the Citizens Academy, call the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411, ext. 1002, visit the station at 4 Green St., or email email@example.com