The Huntsville Police Department invites all citizens to apply for the 2014 Citizens Police Academy, a unique chance for participants to learn about police operations first-hand.
According to HPD Senior Officers Mark Jenkins and Kenneth Posey, the deadline to apply for the program is March 28, and those approved to take part in the program will attend sessions every Monday from April 14 to July 7.
“If you have ever wondered how a Huntsville police officer is trained, how the SWAT Team operates, or what it’s like to go on a night-shift ride-along, the Citizens Police Academy promises to be an engaging, one-of-a-kind experience,” Posey said. “Participants will have the opportunity to see and hear about the overwhelming curriculum recruits must master before becoming part of the HPD.
“Instructors will be real police officers who will take you on accelerated overview of various operations of our department. It is our goal to increase understanding of police work and develop effective partnerships between the Huntsville Police Department and our community.”
According to Jenkins, the ideal candidate for the Citizens Police Academy is any local citizen with interest in the department or in law enforcement in general.
“Join us and be part of this important effort – the only investment on your part is three hours of your time for 13 weeks,” he said. “What our participants will learn will not only benefit them; when those participants share what they have learned with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, we believe that will have a significant impact on the Police Department and on community relations.
“This is going to be an exciting program – participants will tour the County Jail and the Communications Center, ride with a police officer and explore the Firing Range. There will also be guest speakers from entities including Juvenile and Adult Probation and the District Attorney's Office.”
Posey said he and Jenkins hope to see as many applicants as possible. Those applying to participate in the program must be 18 or over and live and work in Walker County.
“The HPD strives to make this class hands-on and enjoyable while educating the participants about the police department and the local criminal justice system,” he said. “Our hope is that attendees are committed to getting the most out of the program as possible and that they will attend at least 10 of the 13 sessions.”
To apply for the Citizens Police Academy, visit www.huntsvilletx.gov, scroll over “Departments,” select the Police Department and click on the Citizens Police Academy application information link under “News & Announcements.”
For more information, contact HPD at (936) 291-5480.