[quote]LEWISTON, Maine - An 84-year-old retired seamstress and grandmother is the oldest graduate in the 11-year history of Lewiston’s Citizen Police Academy.
“I signed up because I’m still learning,” Noella Landry said. “I said, 'I’m going to learn a lot of things I don’t know.”’
Students in the free program receive instruction on topics ranging from crime scene investigation, dealing with child abuse and the enforcement of drug and alcohol laws.
“She was a joy to have in the class,” Lewiston Patrol Officer Thomas Murphy said.
Murphy plans to take Landry on a ride-along in his cruiser this summer and make her his partner for a day.
The recent academy class had 23 graduates. Landry attended every class, arriving early each night, Murphy said.
“I loved it,” Landry said.
She was fascinated by a discussion of arson and liked the personal safety pointers she picked up in a session on self-defence.
“You have to watch yourself,” she said.[/quote]