By KAROLYN GEPHART
Applications are now being taken for the 48th Citizens Police Academy (CPA) which starts in February.
The Pearland Police Department sponsors and teaches the free, 10 week program from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday nights twice a year. Recently, the fall class graduated.
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.
The CPA is open to all residents that live or work in the Pearland area. Applicants are subject to a basic background check to ensure the integrity of the program.
A minimum age of participants is 18 years with the exception of someone 17 years if attending with an immediate family member.
Course topics include the police hiring process, Penal Code and Transportation Code, Arrest Procedures and Crash Investigation.
The Citizen’s Police Academy will not certify attendees as law enforcement officers.
Graduates will have the option of joining the Pearland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. The PCPAAA is a service organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the Pearland Police Department.
To get an application or to get additional information or questions answered, contact Officer Chad Rogers at 281-997-4193.