Citizens Against Crime (CAC) members took advantage of a program offered by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department to learn more about how the department works, and they plan to use that information to make the Key Peninsula a safer place.

CAC President Cindy Worden, vice-president Dee Starr and member Adam Worden spent one evening a week for 13 weeks attending the academy. Cindy Worden, who had participated in a similar program a number of years ago, said that the curriculum has been updated and would be worthwhile for any citizen.

“We learned how the department works,”she said. “We gained understanding of what they can and can’t do, why they sometimes can’t come the minute you make a call.”

For her, highlights included a presentation by Sheriff Pastor describing how he runs the department and the qualities he seeks in selecting officers. She also found the tour of the evidence room very helpful. The participants saw what common illicit drugs look like.

About 15 to 20 people from the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula participated. A repeat of the academy should take place in the spring, and Worden will spread the word once the schedule is announced.

CAC now has its official 501c3 status, and is working on getting citizen patrols back on the road. They welcome new members.

If interested, call Worden at (253) 851-2401, or email her at

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