Franklin police officer Mark Dennis is shown talking and shaking hands with police cadets in Kenya. Dennis traveled to Africa this summer to teach classes at the Kenya Police College.
Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.
While others his age were making summer vacation plans, Franklin police officer Mark Dennis was making plans of his own â€” but not about a vacation.
Instead of visiting Disney World or the beach, Dennis traveled to a location half a world away in Africa.
Dennis spent his summer speaking at a Christian police conference in Karatina, Kenya, something he has done for the past three years.
“It’s been an amazing experience for me personally and spiritually,” said Dennis, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Police Officers, the organization that contacted him about attending the conference in Kenya
Dennis, who contributed to a 2010 book, “Stories of Faith and Courage from Cops on the Street,” taught several classes at the police college this July on topics ranging from crime-scene investigation to protecting evidence.
Dennis, the 59-year-old veteran policeman, who calls Thibodaux home, told the recruits, “You can be the good guy,” in regards to using the proper ethics on the job.
“This was the first time they’ve ever allowed an outsider like myself to teach there,” Dennis added about the police college outside of Nyrie, Kenya that has 2,000 recruits.
Along with meeting Commandant Peter Kavila and other senior officers at the college, Dennis had the chance to visit the highest ranking officer in the central province, John K. M’Mbijiwe.
M’Mbijiwe said Dennis’ visits through the years have made an impact on the cadets.