Citizen’s academy grads recognized

Four chiefs: Jason Schermerhorn of Cannon Beach, Astoria's Geoff Spalding, Warrenton's Matthew Workman and Seaside's Dave Ham.

SEASIDE —With a packed room at the City Council Monday evening, graduates of the citizen’s police academy were honored upon completion of the spring course.

Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn presented the recognition to 19 students — the most in the class’s 14 years — along with Dave Ham, Chief Matt Workman of Warrenton and Astoria Chief Geoff Spalding.

City councilor Tita Montero participated in the class’s 14th year. “I wish I had done it earlier,” she said, “because it was such a fabulous experience.”

The course took participants behind the scenes at each city’s police department, the county courthouse, with firearms training and simulated confrontations. Participants visited dispatch centers, the county jail and studied the public safety budget. The group met weekly on Tuesday nights, Schermerhorn said, before inviting graduates to a reception at the Seaside Fire Department.

Police shared philosophy and experiences that you “wouldn’t normally think about,” Montero said. The class was “impressive and thought-provoking,” she said. “It brought to the fore that it takes a very special type of person to serve and protect.”

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