HAMLET — Residents don’t appear to want to know too much about how Hamlet police do their work, even though they seemed immersed in the saga of Rudy the missing K-9 officer last week.
Only one person has signed up for the newly announced Citizens Academy, which police had hoped to launch this summer. Much like the department’s Explorer Post, the academy was to include classes describing police work, as well as ride-alongs with officers.
Capt. Marc Terry said Monday that only one man applied and that the department would work with him.
The department stirred criticism last year when the city announced the cancellation of Fourth of July fireworks in the face of threats to public safety. Since then, Chief Scott Waters has worked to make his department more visible and responsive to public comment.
At 9 a.m. Wednesday, Waters and a number of other officers will attend the second Coffee with a Cop session at the Hamlet Senior Center. Residents are invited to attend to express their concerns and to ask questions.