Fort Smith has 3 citizens academies -- police, fire, and the city in general. Our general academy is producing a cadre of citizens who gain a deep understanding of how city government operates. They recognize employees, have become a voice on community issues, and help us engage the public. We make our academy succeed by keeping it very interactive and hands on. Citizens see, feel, and do. In the process, they meet line employees and become very impressed with the employees' passion.