The Pearland Police Department will begin its 44th class of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) on Feb. 2.
CPA is a free community initiative by the Police Department aimed at educating the public on Law Enforcement operations.
The class is open to anyone who lives or works in the Pearland area. The minimum age requirement is 18 years of age unless attending with a family member in which case the resident can be 17 years old.
The class will meet regularly on Thursday nights for 10 weeks from 7 – 9:30 p.m. A graduation ceremony will follow the program. The CPA does not certify any class members as law enforcement officers.
The course provides a way for Pearland residents to meet the local Police officers who serve them, to provide the officers a way to meet and hear from local citizens, and to educate residents in Law Enforcement.
Some of the topics to be discussed include patrol functions, investigations, traffic stop simulations, and searches. Those taking the class will have ride-a-long opportunities. A variety of crime prevention techniques to help reduce neighborhood crime will also be taught.
Class space is limited. Anyone interested in being part of the class will have a background investigation and must complete an application to attend.
Registration is available at www.pearlandpd.com or email [email protected] or call 281-997-4171.
The first Citizens Police Academy in Pearland started in the spring of 1995. Pearland Crime Prevention Officer reports that there are more than 600 graduates of the Pearland CPA program at this time.
Story by Karolyn Gephart