Nearly 70 residents in Mehlville and Oakville graduated from the Thursday and now have a firmer grasp of police work.
The academy was a nine-week course aimed at giving the public a closer look at the different departments and facets of the St. Louis County Police Department.
The South County Precinct Neighborhood Policing Officers hosted the academy, which is the largest in the County.
Classes included visits from the , and a . The precinct graduated 69 residents and will have another academy in 2012.