Pictured in the front row (from left) are Camille Desimone, Marietta Nilsson, Becky McCall, and James Tyson; second row: Steve Johnson, Mike Bush, Toni Clarke, Linda Denney, Linda Martin, Bryan Clarke, Charlene Clarke, and Eddie Sanchez.

Special to Iredell Free News

The Mooresville Police Department celebrated the graduation of its 2022 Citizens Academy at the Charles Mack Citizens Center on June 7.

Twelve Mooresville residents participated in this year’s academy, which began on March 22 and ran for 11 consecutive weeks, meeting every Tuesday night.

Greg Forrest, Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Western District of North Carolina, was the event’s guest speaker.

2022 MPD Citizens Academy graduates are Mike Bush, Bryan Clarke, Charlene Clarke, Toni Clarke, Linda Denney, Camille Desimone, Steve Johnson, Linda Martin, Becky McCall, Marietta Nilsson, Eddie Sanchez and James Tyson.

MPD’s Citizens Academy is designed to give members of the community an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into the department to give them a better understanding of roles, duties and responsibilities of our officers. Each week the participants receive a presentation and hands-on activities, when possible, from units within the department.

Highlights of the 2022 Citizens Academy include processing a mock crime scene with criminal and narcotics detectives; running simulations on the firearms training simulator; conducting mock traffic stops and touring the state’s Forensic Test for Alcohol Branch’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit; participating in a mock dispatch scenario with telecommunications; and observing several K9 demonstrations of obedience, detection, and apprehension.


To learn more about the MPD Citizens Academy and all MPD Community Programs, visit MooresvillePD.com.

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