By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

Police departments in Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove have scheduled their respective Citizens Police Academy.

These academies are designed to give interested members of each community insight into the day-to-day operations of their local law enforcement.

The instructions include presentations of the functions and operations of the respective department in its various investigative and administrative divisions.

These courses, which are free, are also educational and informative programs that allow residents the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement in their respective city.

Applicants must reside in or be employed within the city limits of each city and agree to submit to a background check that includes a criminal history inquiry.

n The Copperas Cove Police Department will be the first to start with its 18th session that will begin Jan. 12.

The class will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Library at 501 S. Main St.

For most law-abiding people, the only contact they have with the police is when they are unfortunately stopped for a traffic infraction, said CCPD Lt. Daniel Austin, the course coordinator. These relatively few contacts leave individuals with a limited view of what their local law enforcement agency is really doing other than enforcing traffic laws and responding to situations that have already occurred.

For more information, contact Austin at 547-4274, ext. 541 or ext. 537.

n The 11th Harker Heights Citizens Police Academy has been rescheduled to begin Jan. 17.

The course was postponed due to the sudden influx of evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The 11-week-long course will be held on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Police Department at 120 S. Harley Drive.

Those interested in attending this course are requested to contact Officer Bill Clay of the Harker Heights Police Department at 699-7600, ext. 40.

Come out and learn about the community, the services that we provide and have a great time doing it, Clay said.

n The Killeen Police De-partment will host its 20th Citizens Police Acad-emy beginning Feb. 27 and will continue until May 15.

This 12-week course will be held on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and an additional Saturday on April 8.

Applications will be available Tuesday with a deadline date of 5 p.m. Feb. 3.

Carroll Smith is the coordinator of this academy and can be contacted at 501-8807 or by e-mail at csmith

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