Dozens of local residents started a six week Civilian Academy at the Hampden County Jail Wednesday night in Ludlow.
Sheriff Nick Cocchi started the Outreach Academy to give the public an inside look at what corrections officers do.
During the six week program, participants will get to see inside of the facility, and learn about drug addiction, gang awareness, and even get CPR training.
Participants ranged in age from 18 to 89, and included Chicopee treasurer Marie Laflamme.
“A day in the life of a corrections officer, they’ll have cell extraction training exposure, they will get a canine demonstration,” Lieutenant Wade Dubois of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department told 22News.
“I’m a public servant, I’m always interested in learning,” said Laflamme. “I want to make sure I know what’s going on in our community.”
This is the second Civilian Academy class. The program runs for six weeks.