Residents have an opportunity to get a closer look at the Killeen Police Department through its Citizens Police Academy. 

The academy, open to all Killeen residents, is a detailed 12-week course on the functions and operations of the department’s various sections and divisions.

The next academy starts Aug. 18 and will be the 37th time the department has run such a program.

From patrol and traffic officers to major crimes detectives and SWAT officers, the academy gives participants the chance to get to know members of the department in a way few other Killeen residents do.

As a graduate of the 36th Citizens Police Academy, which wrapped up in May, I can say the program offered a unique chance not only to get a look at the everyday business of the city’s police department, but an opportunity to meet the men and women who make up the police force.

You realize they are not simply police officers, but friends, neighbors, husbands, wives, fathers and members of the community. The academy also allows participants to ride along with a Killeen patrol officer. For me, the experience was a fascinating peek into the day-to-day jobs of the members of Killeen’s police force.

I also witnessed firsthand the realities of their jobs.

Applications are available at the Killeen Police Department.

The deadline is Aug. 8.

Participants must submit to a background check, which includes a criminal history inquiry.

For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy, contact Tammy Moseley at 254-501-8805 or

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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