The Stephenville Police Department has announced that it will start taking applications for this year’s Citizen Police Academy on Monday, July 17. 

The deadline to apply is Aug. 11, the minimum age for enrollment is 21 and you must live or work or in the city of Stephenville. 

The CPA is a 30-hour block of instruction over a period of 10 weeks designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Stephenville Police Department’s personnel and policies.

The instruction is comprehensive, covering different areas of the police department each week. Officers, supervisors and personnel assigned to that particular division conduct each instructional block.

The Stephenville Citizen Police Academy covers a wide range of diverse topics including: 

Training Communications  Criminal investigations DWI procedures,  Crime prevention Family violence Juvenile law The special response team.  Emphasis is placed on the patrol division as that is the segment of the police department the public most often comes into contact with. Instruction in these and other topics will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours, and hands-on experiences.

“We’ve had a very good turnout from citizens for the academy every year and we’re hoping that’s the case this year as well,” Police Chief Jason King said. “We have great support from the community and hope to see that continue. The Citizen Police Academy is an important component in helping us sustain that support.

“We feel that this interaction between the police department and the citizens of Stephenville is more important than ever, and we hope people will come to the academy and get to know us better as people and learn about some parts of our jobs they might not be aware of.”

Sgt. Sha King, who, along with Lt. Doug McClammy is one of the principal organizers of the CPA, commented, “It’s also a way for people to see if maybe a career in law enforcement might be right for them. We have three officers here now who have come to our department through the Academy: James Gresham, Virginia Armendariz and Erick Borjon.”

As an aside, this correspondent for the E-T is an Academy graduate and can attest to the fact that it’s not just educational and informative − it’s also a lot of fun.

Moreover, the officers and staff at SPD’s Citizen Police Academy are very dedicated to this part of their mission and they go out of their way to make the experience a full and rich one. Even better, they also feed you a free dinner at the beginning of each class.

There’s no charge to attend and if you’re interested in applying, you can download the application at www.stephenvillepolice.org.

For more information email spd@stephenvillepolice.org or call 918-1283.