By Sonya Campbell

Killeen Daily Herald

The Belton Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizen Police Academy.

The 10-week course is set to kick off in January, with two-hour sessions taking place on Thursday evenings.

Twenty slots are available, according to Police Chief Gene Ellis, and several applications already have been received. Because not everyone will be accepted, the department will continue to take applications for the foreseeable future.

Ellis said if enough interest is generated, the academy might be expanded to two courses to accommodate larger enrollment.

The purpose of the course is to inform participants of the training received by BPD officers so they can have a better understanding about the department's policies and procedures. The academy is also meant to help open up communications between the department and Belton residents.

To qualify for enrollment, applicants:

Must be a U. S. citizen and at least 18 years old.

Must be of good moral character with no felony convictions.

Must not be addicted to alcohol or drugs.

Must be in good physical and mental health. Must work or reside in the city of Belton.

Must be able to commit two hours per week for 10 weeks to the program.

To apply, call (254) 933-5844 or e-mail police@ci.belton.tx.us.

Contact Sonya Campbell at sonyas@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7557.

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