Statesboro residents step into the shoes of police officers
Cpl. Justin Samples, right, mouths off while being arrested by student Clay Chandler during a traffic stop scenario in the Statesboro Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. It was one of many scenarios created to give academy students a chance to be in the shoes of a police officer.
As fellow Citizens Police Academy students watch, Elaine Norton does her best to hold off an attacking APO Kyle Briley with her baton while still protecting a strand of police tape at her side, which is where a side arm would be. For many students, the 60 second exercise seemed like an eternity.
Officer James Wasson, left, finally has to step in as Tina Haranda, center left, can't stop laughing while trying to deal with Yvonne Lane's Oscar-worthy performance as an irrational subject in a domestic dispute.
Rhonda Busby, left, and Shelly Stringer talk about strategy with Lt. Kaleb Moore, right, while experiencing the Statesboro Police Department's new use of force simulator with classmates.
Edna Lovett, left, partners up with daughter Tina Banks to interview Cpl. Justin Samples at a crime scene scenario. Five witnesses - five different stories.
David Larrabee, center, and Michele Stanford, right, try to make role playing robbery suspect Jeanie Hattie (AKA Beachie Bum) crack under the pressure of an interrogation.
Tina Haranda and Brannen Smith give each other a high five after completing the room-clearing scenario during the Citizen's Police Academy. The two-coworkers usually volunteered to go first during the myriad of scenarios simulating police work.
Charlene Lamar and Laura Daniels, right, peek at one another through the windows of an interview room while getting a tour of the Statesboro Police Department headquarters.
Capt. Charles Forney, left, gives Jessica Szilagyi a chance to try on the tools of the trade.
Acting Statesboro Police Chief Maj. Rob Bryan, top, socializes with Citizens Police Academy students while enjoying their pre-class meal.
Capt. Charles Forney, right, gives academy students a tour of the booking room and holding cells, including the latest and greatest breathalyzer technology.
Lt. Scott Hutchens, center, and APO Kyle Briley give academy students a primer in patrol duties.
Michele Stanford gets a peek at the inside of a patrol car.
Tina Haranda straps on a dummy sidearm. "The little village where I come from (in England), the police rode bikes and carried bobby sticks."
Joshua Riggs takes a picture for Tina Banks, right, as she poses with her mom, Edna Lovett, after receiving a duty belt before participating in the traffic stop scenario. Banks' brother and Lovett's son is an officer for the U.S. Capitol Police, and they sent him pictures as they made their way through the academy. He once texted back "You are the civil disturbance unit. LOL"
Students experience both laughter and shock as they watch their classmates go through their scenarios.
APO Terrell Lewis, far left, watches as student Jessica Szilagyi confronts Cpl. Justin Samples during a traffic stop gone wrong.
Cpl. Justin Samples keeps his students in stitches while reviewing scenario performances.
Cpl. Dustin Cross, center, prepares students to face a domestic disturbance scenario. Cross says he was putting students through many of the same scenarios that he puts new officers through.
Live fire demonstration by the Emergency Response Team.
Joshua Riggs tries on the body armor used by the Emergency Response team.
Detectives Keith Holloway, center left, and Tommy Brown, center right, give some pointers for interviewing witnesses.
After interviewing crime suspects, Ginger Larrabee prepares to search for evidence.
Andy Neumann, far right, and Dennis Johnson discover evidence while investigating a crime.
Det. Keith Holloway helps Ginger Larrabee learn how to take fingerprints from an ATM card. "I never realized is was so hard. Just getting fingerprints!" said Larrabee later.
Jeanie "Beachie Bum" Hattie, the accreditation and grants manager for the Statesboro Police Department, gets nabbed while portraying a robbery suspect. Role playing helped make the experience more fun and more real for academy students.
APO Jared Shababy, right, takes aim at Clp. Justin Samples with a pellet gun to demonstrate what might happen if students get hit by live fire before running through the room-clearing scenario.
APO and ERT team leader Jared Shababy, far left, demonstrates techniques for clearing rooms where there might be an active shooter.
Students confirm they got the message from APO Jared Shababy before attempting the room-clearing scenario.
Brannen Smith works room-to-room during the building-clearing exercises. "It was stressful," he said. "You're unholstered and ready to go. As I rounded the last corner, my arms were shaking."
Rhonda Busby and Shelley Stringer receive last minute instructions from Cpl. Justin Samples and APO Jared Shababy before the room-clearing exercise.
Brooke Willis, center, receives a critique after the room-clearing scenario.
The K-9 team of APO Kyle Briley and Rio demonstrate their skills for the students.
After completing his demonstration, K-9 star Rio earns plenty of attention from academy students.
Read about why the Statesboro Police Department considers the Citizens Police Academy to be one of its key community outreach programs: Citizens Police Academy: Through the eyes of the officer
Read as Citizens Police Academy students recall their experiences: In their shoes: Citizens Police Academy offers interaction and insight