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Police academy provides insights into teamwork

The 2019 Citizen's Police Academy class. (Contributed)

To the editor:

Tuesday nights in January and February, my wife, Ann, and I attended the Police Academy for Citizens class for the second time. Our first class was taken back in 2000 when Chuck Nettestad was the chief and Rick Wyffels was the captain.

Now, 19 years later, we find ourselves taking the class again. Wow, what a change. The technology today's police officers have at their fingertips is truly amazing. The SUV squad car is a rolling computerized crime fighting platform providing protection, assistance, comfort and peace of mind to everyone living in the Alexandria area.

The one thing that hasn't changed over the last 19 years is the level of dedication to protecting and serving our community. The teamwork we felt between our Alexandria police officers, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, dispatch, EMS, fire and the Douglas County Jail facility is something you just can't calculate a price for.

As a community, we are so blessed to have all these dedicated men and women working together for us and with us to make Alexandria our home.

Thank you for allowing us to ride along with some of the finest people a community could ever hope to have on their team.

Jim and Ann Scott Alexandria, MN