Italy Police Department announces its 1st Citizen Police Academy Class

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CPA Application

Applications are now being accepted for the 1st CPA Class. Applications must be received by Friday, February 24th, 2012.

Classes will begin on Monday, March 5th, 2012 from 6:00pm till 9:00pm and will continue ever Monday for 8 weeks. Students will also get to ride along with an officer for a partial shift.

Attendees must attend at least 6 of the 8 classes to be eligible to graduate.

What is the Citizen Police Academy?

A police agency cannot be effective without the trust of its citizens. The Citizen Police Academy program builds that trust. It provides a bridge between the officer in the car and the citizens in the field. Citizens who complete the program understand what the police department does as opposed to what is seen on TV. Citizens gain an appreciation of problems and challenges facing law enforcement. These citizens then become the police department’s “goodwill ambassadors” in the community. 

When Is It Offered?

The program is offered annually. It is a free 8-week academy consisting of one three-hour class a week. The class size is limited to 25 students. 

What Are The Topics?

The topics include the department’s organization, recruiting process, Texas Penal Code, criminal investigations, search and seizure, building searches, traffic law enforcement, narcotics investigation, patrol procedures, and more. The classes are as “hands on” as possible. Instructors demonstrate techniques used to search a building for an intruder, then participants practice what they’ve learned. Participants also solve a homicide scenario by identifying evidence, using investigative techniques, and interviewing witnesses. Students ride along with an officer or monitor the communications office. 

Who Are The Instructors?

The Chief of Police serves as coordinator for the academy but speakers from throughout the department share their expertise. Occasionally instructors are brought in from outside the department as well (i.e. criminal prosecutor, judge, etc.). 

Who Is Eligible?

The Citizens Police Academy is open to men and women, 18 or older. Citizens must submit an application packet which consists of the application, a waiver form, and consent for criminal history check. The packets are available at the police department and city hall.