By KAROLYN GEPHART
Applications are now being taken for the next class of students in the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) which starts this fall.
The Pearland Police Department sponsors and teaches the free, 10 week program.
The academy is a community policing initiative aimed at educating the public on Law Enforcement operations in Pearland.
There are three goals: to allow the citizens of Pearland to meet the men and women who serve the area, to educate the citizens on the ins and outs of Law Enforcement and to provide the Pearland officers an opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age or 17 with an adult family member.
Police officers teaching the classes report that topics of instruction vary from class to class.
The topics generally cover patrol functions, traffic stop simulations, investigations, and building searches.
Students are offered opportunities to “ride along” with officers and learn a variety of crime prevention techniques. The goal is to help reduce the home and neighborhood crimes.
Interested Pearland citizens can get applications at www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/police/divisions/community-services/citizens.
To get additional information or questions answered, email [email protected]