Dispatches from the Academy

Day 8: The other side of the ticket

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings have attended the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the past month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they highlight a few things they learned from the night before. This week's post recounts the eighth and ...

Day 7: Raylan Givens would be embarassed

I was dead before I even reached for my gun. And so was my partner. It was a sobering moment Tuesday night at Day 7 of the Citizen's Police Academy as I stepped up as the first volunteer in a simulated shooting exercise. After just having watched several episodes of the TV show ...

Day 6: At the scene of the crime

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* Crime scene investigation is not as ...

Day 5: The murder of Onzie Branch

If they'd kept their mouths shut, Damon McCray would've gotten away with murder. But as we learned in Day 5 of the Citizen's Police Academy, people, even when it means selling out their lovers and friends, talk. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick walked us [through the investigation of ...

Day four: robbery, homicide and crimes against children

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* We ate meat lasagna while examining a ...

Day three: Gangs, gun and peyote

Last night, my fellow Citizen's Academy attendees were able to visit a place very few people ever step foot in: the Lawrence Police Department's evidence room, tucked away above the county's courtrooms. It wasn't what we saw that initially caught our attention. The second you enter, the ...

Day Two: Reports from the field

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* About five minutes into our second ...

Training Day

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's [2013 Citizen's Academy][1] twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* Day One: By the end of ...