Gainesville Daily Register

July 18, 2013

Citizen Police Academy begins Aug. 13

— Staff report

Gainesville Police Department officials announce the upcoming beginning of the city’s annual “Citizen Police Academy,” a 12-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the department.

The academy consists of a series of interactive classes held once a week from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls, but a background check will be conducted on each applicant.

Department officials intend that academy graduates will become partners with law enforcement in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community.

Participants will learn about police patrol; communications; gang awareness; crime scene investigation; Texas law; firearms; family violence; narcotics investigation; crime prevention and K-9 dog units.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older — with a good standing in the community — and either reside or work in Cooke County. The next class begins Aug. 13. All classes will be held at the Gainesville Public Safety Building at 201 Santa Fe St. in Gainesville.

For applications, call (940) 668 4760. Potential academy participants may also pick up an application at the police department front desk in the public safety building.