Reunion benefits community and police

NYPD Inspector Joseph Gallucci, a counter-terrorism expert, delivered the keynote address to the program alumni and GPD instructors.— John Ferris Robben photo

NYPD Inspector Joseph Gallucci, a counter-terrorism expert, delivered the keynote address to the program alumni and GPD instructors.
— John Ferris Robben photo

It was a major reunion last week in Greenwich, but this wasn’t for Greenwich High School. Rather it was the Citizen’s Police Academy that was getting back together.

The ongoing program, which shows everyday citizens what it’s like to be a member of the Greenwich Police Department, celebrated its impact on the community last Friday night with a dinner and benefit at the Hyatt Regency. Instructors from the GPD who have aided the program joined graduates and their spouses from classes going all the way back to the inaugural academy in 2003. There was representation from nine classes at the event and it was declared a success by organizers who had it to help both keep the academy going and benefit the town’s police union’s community efforts.

“The purpose of this event is to raise money for the Silver Shield Association to perpetuate future CPA classes and to raise awareness that these types of programs are available in our community,” John Lucarelli, chairman of the Citizens Police Academy, said. “This benefits both the CPA and the Community and Police Partnership (CAPP). Our efforts send a message to the ‘bad guys’ that this is a proactive community when it comes to crime and the citizenry works in direct partnership with the police department.”

Chief of Police James Heavey was among the notables on hand congratulating the alumni for making it through the program and supporting it still today. There was also a keynote address from Joseph Gallucci, an inspector with the New York Police Department and a counter-terrorism expert.

This was the third annual reunion held for the program and the practice is expected to continue.

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