Mary A. Castillo
Students of the sixth Laguna Beach Police Department Citizen Academy
have graduated from the 12-week course.
On May 14 the students joined 120 alumni who have completed the
“The program gives citizens a better understanding of the police
department and why we do the things we do,” said Sgt. Darin Lenyi.
Family members of the graduates and representatives from the
department, including Chief James E. Spriene, attended the graduation
The four-year-old program includes instruction in the history of the
department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation,
driving under the influence investigation, gangs and narcotics.
Students toured the department as well as vehicles and other equipment
used by the department. They were also given a chance to shoot at the
police firing range and participate in mock scenarios.
Members of class number six were: Carol Auld, Elaine Barnard, Patricia
Bell, Susan Connoly, Cheyne Gately, Shawn Hoctor, Douglass Kinn, Hesh
Lensky, Judy Munday, Ligia Nealon, Pierre Poisson, John Praisler, Paul
Puma (class president), Melinda Salmeto, Jacki Schroch, Tom Smith, Jeremy
Somodi, Russ Stewart, Brent Wagner and Judy Wittenstein (class vice
The next Citizen Police Academy will begin Sept. 4 and the deadline
for applications is Aug. 20. Information: Sgt. Darin Leny at 497-0750,