Citizens to Learn from Police

“It’s not like some horrible we don’t like the police or anything like that,” Matthews said.

Desure Matthews grew up in Wharton and says being from a small town you get to know your police officers, but there is one way to get to know the job better by learning from the officers.

“It’s a little different when the lights have been turned down and all of a sudden you’re approaching a vehicle and you don’t know what you’re getting into, because a traffic stop is the most dangerous time for a police officer,” Soltura said.

Barbara Fortenbury has been through Wharton PD’s 12 week citizen academy and says she handled drugs and learned about first aid, but this course shows you the personal side behind every officer.

“Most of them are family people and to have to go to a house with kids and domestic violence or drugs so it impacts them also,” Fortenbury said.

Desure is excited to join the citizen’s academy on January 10th to learn more about how she can better the community she lives in.

“Allow the community to see what we go through and of course it’s not going to be the actual experience that police go through, but to even have the opportunity to see behind the scenes will be good,” Matthews said.

If you would like more information on how to join the Wharton Police Department citizen academy please go to their Facebook page.