BPD Citizens’ Police Academy begins 11th class


The Bellefontaine Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) started its eleventh class Thursday evening.

This year’s class has 21 registered members:

  • April King
  • Sue Crawfis
  • Benjamin Manbevers
  • Fred Brentlinger
  • James & Donna Howell
  • Thomas Meek
  • Alicia Ayers
  • Michelle Yocom
  • Thad McGehee
  • Kathy Detwiler
  • Terry Reeder
  • Noah Sackett
  • Angela Kauffman
  • Justin Williams
  • Michael Hughes
  • Cheryl Harmon
  • Michael & Sandra Chervenak
  • Robin Butler
  • Kyle Holcomb
Officer Walters and Chief Standley

The class was greeted by and introduced to the CPA Coordinators, Sergeant Andy Kennedy, Officer Doug Walters, and BPD’s administrators: Lieutenant Chris Marlow, Lieutenant Scott Marlow, and Police Chief Brandon Standley.

The first session of the 13-week program gives an overview of the academy and the expectations for the students.

CPA Alumni Association members and CPA Alumni Association Executive Committee member Bobbie Yarchak greeted and talked about the Alumni Association. 

The class then learned about the structure of the Bellefontaine Police Department and the history of policing from Chief Standley. He then led a tour through the station and communications. 

The Bellefontaine Citizens’ Police Academy began in 2013 and has had over 150 graduates.

The academy was started as a way to create better community relations.

CPA Class 11 will return next Thursday for more presentations about the police department.