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Citizens academy: Week 9
May 15, 2013 - Jill Gosche
Where did the time go? Tuesday marked our last class before next week's graduation ceremony, and it was a full program.
We heard from Richard Palau, city administrator, about proving a case; Judge Mark Repp, about the legal process; Lt. Mark Marquis, about the department's special response team; and Officer Jake DeMonte, about the department's canine officer, Andy.
Among the highlights of the evening were seeing K9 Andy and getting to witness Marquis fire a Superstock 37mm and deploy a flashbang in the department's firing range. Getting to witness SRT tools in action is not something most get to see; and if they do, it probably is not a positive situation. Also, Andy was a lively addition to our class.
I've felt a connection with Andy since meeting him for the first time after he was introduced to city council when he arrived in Tiffin. He hopped onto my lap, and I fell in love with his spunk, perkiness and enthusiasm. I view him as more than a dog; he, to me, is superhuman. He provides a valuable tool to help the police department keep our community safe.