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Every police academy class goes downtown and directs traffic before they graduate. We have all done it. I remember the experience like it was yesterday. It was a very cold day in December and I was in the middle of the intersection when a elderly gentleman pulled right up next to me and stopped. I blew my whistle and asked him to proceed. He did not. He slowly rolled down his window and motioned me to come over. I walked up carefully to his window and he stuck out his fist. He was trying to give me something. I opened my hand and he dropped a "Rollo" (caramel candy) in my palm. "Keep you warm officer" he yelled, as he drove off. This was my first interaction with a citizen as a public servant. I knew right then and there that I had made the right choice in my career path. I will never forget this kind gesture.
These pictures were taken yesterday of Academy Class 203 continuing the tradition of directing traffic. I was so proud of these cadets as I watched them experience it for themselves. It was much warmer that day than it was for me so long ago but they endured the heat and did a great job.