By KAROLYN GEPHART
Applications are being accepted now for the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) Class #49.
The program gives Pearland residents opportunities to meet the officers who served them, receive education in the how and why of law enforcement and provide Pearland PD officers a chance to meet and receive input from citizens.
The first CPA class was started in 1995 and in 2019 there are more than 600 graduates of the CPA program.
The Crime Prevention Officer is in charge of the CPA curriculum. The program has 10 weeks of instruction and begins each fall and spring. Classes inform students of the various tasks associated with law enforcement.
Various topics have included Officer Survival, Patrol Procedures, SWAT, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Traffic Laws, Juvenile Laws and Penal Code. Class members also have an opportunity to visit the Brazoria County Detention Facility and to act as an officer in mock building searches and traffic stops.
The CPA does not certify attendees as law enforcement officers.
To apply, applicants must live or work in the Pearland area and be at least 18 years of age. Applicants who are 17 years old may attend with an adult family member. All applicants must pass a background investigation and complete an application.
The program is free.
The CPA Class #49 will start Sept. 5.
Applications are available at www.pearlandtx.gov.
For additional information, contact Officer Chad Rogers at 281-997-4193.