Police academy teaches senior citizen how to stay safe


Visitors to the Hughes Senior Center on Thursdays this month might hear something like “I’ll take traffic stops for $100, Rodney.”

That is because Lebanon Police Department Officer Rodney Van Sickle plans to use the Jeopardy format to reinforce the learning that is taking place in his 2018 Senior Police Academy.
Mae Whitehead, soon to be 76, is a repeat attender of the Academy. She sees the importance of the training as well as the opportunity it provides for interaction with Van Sickle.
“I started this in ’09, and the reason I started was because everybody that was in the previous year told how important it was for a senior to know our rules, and he really does a good job. Your law changes every year, so I continue to come because I learn something new each year. He’s a good teacher. I enjoy the way he brings in the dog and shows us safety,” Whitehead said.

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