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January 22, 2014

Citizen Police Academy to educate public

Gainesville — For those who wonder what it is like to be a police officer, participation in the upcoming 11-week Gainesville Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) program Feb.11 to April 22 may be the perfect opportunity.

The 33 hours of instruction, three hours once a week, is designated to give the public a working knowledge of the Gainesville Police Department. Real police officers and operations supervisors will be classroom instructors and will cover topics such as communications-911, patrol procedures, narcotics, criminal investigation, “Ride Along” with an officer, penal and traffic law, gangs, and crime scene investigation (CSI).

According to Captain Mark Brazelton, this program is designed to improve the relationship between citizens and officers.

“This is a great opportunity for our citizens to see and understand what our police department does for our community,” Brazelton said.

“Instruction in the classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on instruction.” he continued. “The CPA covers the concept of citizens and police working together for the betterment of our community.”

According to academy information, the class is usually made up of a cross section of the Cooke County community covering all walks of life from doctors, architects, homemakers, laborers, retirees, students, secretaries, bankers and others.  The minimum age to attend the course is 18 and those attending must live or work in the Cooke County area.

Graduates of the CPA have also formed an alumni association which is open to all past and future graduates. This association continues to work with the Gainesville Police Department through volunteering, special projects and events.

An application for class attendance can be picked up at the police station. For more information call Captain Mark Brazelton at (940) 668 4760

Applications are due by Feb. 7, 2014.

 

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