RHINELANDER - Some people get nervous around police officers. That's probably because it's their job to enforce the law. Next month, the Rhinelander Police department host's the 6th Annual Citizen's academy.
It's an 8-week course that gives people a chance to see what it takes to be an officer.
Officer Chad Brown has been here since the program started. Besides learning police duties, he said it's a chance to relate.
"There is a stigma that goes along with police officers. A lot of people don't have understanding police officers. We actually are humans, we have families, and we are parents. So they get to know us on a personal level.
And if solving crimes is something you like, there's plenty of detective work involved.
"They also learn what to look for in the community. A big part of police work is solved by people in the community. A lot of our crimes are solved by community reports."
If you're interested in signing up you need to register soon, they only select 12-people to take part.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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