The Stephenville Police Department will begin its Citizen Police Academy (CPA) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 and the department is still accepting applications.

“We still have some open spots for the academy,” said Sgt. Sha King who organizes the CPA alongside Lt. Doug McClammy. 

The CPA will be held from 6-9 p.m. every Thursday for 10 weeks and covers a variety of topics about the police department each week.

Topics include:

Training Communications Criminal investigations DWI procedures Crime prevention Family violence Juvenile law The special response team  

“The Stephenville CPA was created in order to provide enough information to the citizens that attend so that they may make informed judgements about the Stephenville Police Department and police activity,” states the SPD website. “It is further hoped that the instruction will increase police awareness whereas to dispel suspicions, misconceptions and to increase police community relationships through this educative process.”

There is no charge for the CPA and dinner is served free of charge at the beginning of each session.

“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 hobs they might not be aware of,” Chief Jason King said in a previous interview. 

The minimum age for enrollment is 21 and those who want to apply must live or work in Stephenville.

For more information or to apply for the CPA visit the Stephenville Police Department’s website at www.stephenvillepolice.org.