The Fairport Senior Citizens Police Academy wrapped up this morning with a graduation ceremony for 14 local seniors.



Since September, the program, hosted by the FPD, has consisted of seven sessions on different topics ranging from  cyberbullying, how the court system works, recognizing scams and frauds, crime prevention and safety.



"It's eye-opening," said Jim Sheridan, a retired Xerox employee who signed up for the program. "It's fresh, and it gives you the ability to understand what the police force does for us, as well as understanding what occurs."

The Fairport Senior Citizens Police Academy wrapped up this morning with a graduation ceremony for 14 local seniors.

Since September, the program, hosted by the FPD, has consisted of seven sessions on different topics ranging from  cyberbullying, how the court system works, recognizing scams and frauds, crime prevention and safety.

"It's eye-opening," said Jim Sheridan, a retired Xerox employee who signed up for the program. "It's fresh, and it gives you the ability to understand what the police force does for us, as well as understanding what occurs."

Students were given tours of the Fairport fire and police departments, and also visited the Monroe County Public Safety Training Center, Office of Emergency Preparedness, and the 911 call center in Rochester.

Sheridan said seeing the emergency 911 workers at their headquarters was the most enjoyable part of the program.

"I have an appreciation for what they do now," he said. "Everybody should go to (the center)."

As each of the 14 took part in a small graduation ceremony, Chief Maureen Chisholm said it's bittersweet to see the workshop come to an end.

"The best part is getting know each of the people that attend," she said.