I just had one of the best experiences, and I want to share it with you guys. Some of the counties and municipalities here in Georgia have what they call Citizens Police Academies. It's a modified version of what police recruits go through and it's free. You get instruction on the laws governing police work from traffic law to when you have a right to use force against others. It included firearms instruction from police officers and a ridealong. I got to go to the gun range and fire a 40-caliber glock handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle. We saw a demonstration from one of the K-9 officers (Officer Bosco rocks!) and studied a simulated crime scene as if we were real CSIs.
Needless to say this gave me a lot of valuable research info for the books, since our Connie is a police detective and all. I encourage you all to take advantage of the Citizens Police Academies if one is offered near you. And I want to give a big shout out to the awesome, awesome officers of the Acworth Police Department! Y'all are the best!