Sorry had to put the pun in the subject line. I just thought of the movie when I read this. Police have extra eyes and ears in Duluth By BILL ALLEN | Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 04:54 AM The Atlanta Journal-Constitution I was reading the other day about the graduation of the first Duluth Citizen Police Academy. This is a group of volunteers who trained with the police to learn what officers do and how they can be of assistance. . They learned about the laws of arrest, use of force, gangs, crime scene investigations, domestic violence and other topics. They rode with Duluth Police officers on patrol and learned about a firearms training simulator system. The academy is a pretty neat idea. I have seen signs at different subdivisions advertising a community watch program. The signs warn people that the neighbors were watching and that theyâ€™ll call police if they see something suspicious. Most signs Iâ€™ve seen were outside the city limits and involved only county police. The academy is the first time Iâ€™ve heard of people working directly with the city police. I was pleased to see my neighbors getting involved in my community. There are a lot of apartment complexes and subdivisions in Duluth. Businesses and shopping areas continue to expand and flourish as our community grows. This means that the duties of our police department increase with the population. Traffic, domestic disturbances, violent and nonviolent crimes also increase with the rise of residential and commercial property. The academy provides members of the community with an opportunity to assist those who protect our well-being. They are our neighbors, after all, and they have an interest in making our communities safe for the rest of us. These people volunteer their time to help ensure that our families and our property are safe. They will help make sure that our laws are enforced, that the people in uniform who are hired to protect us maintain a dialogue with the community, and that our family members have someone watching out for them. I hope this program has a lot of success. Itâ€™s nice to see people getting actively involved in our safety and our well-being. Children will be safer in the streets when they play and when they go out to trick-or-treat on Halloween. We will be able to rest easier when we put our cars in our garages or when we have to go out of town on vacation. Most importantly, there will be fewer opportunities for people to say, â€œwhere are the police when you need them?â€ because the policeâ€™s extra eyes and ears could belong to your next-door neighbors. I wish these volunteers good luck in their endeavor. Does your community have a citizen police academy?