Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Harris County Sheriff's Citizen Police Academy Info

Harris County Sheriff Tommy Thomas would like to invite the citizens of Harris County to participate in an upcoming Citizen's Police Academy. Classes will begin February 1, 2007.

The Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is an eleven week program designed to give the participates a working knowledge of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. This program consists of a series of interactive classes demonstrating police procedures and protocol. The classes will be held at the Cypress Creek EMS Education Center located at 7111 Five Forks every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There are no tuition fees and enrollment is open to qualified individuals. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and reside in Harris County. A thorough background check will be conducted on each applicant.

The Sheriff feels the CPA plays a vital role in reducing crime by improving communication with citizens through local input and support throughout the county. It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our county. Graduates will gain knowledge they can implement to enhance the quality of life in their respective neighborhoods.

Through this eleven week course, CPA participants learn many aspects of law enforcement such as Texas Penal Code, Gang Awareness, Terrorism, and many other topics. It is through this program that Harris County residents will gain a better understanding of how police services are conducted in their community, and see "how and why" officers make some of the decisions they do as they perform their duties.

Applications may be picked up at any Harris County Sheriff's Office Storefront or by contacting the Community Services Division at 713-759-9454. All applications must be turned in no later than January 19, 2007.

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