CITIZENS ACADEMY

Copperas Cove Police Capt. Jeremy Alber, center, prepares to join the fun riding pedal bikes and wearing impairment goggles during the 33rd annual Citizens Police Academy at the Copperas Cove Police Department.

The Copperas Cove Police Department is urging interested members of the public to sign up for their 34th session of the Citizens Police Academy

“The class is about half full,” said police department spokesman Lt. Kevin Miller on Tuesday. “I fully anticipate a full class.”

The class is capped at 30 participants and begins meeting on Jan. 16. Classes will meeting once a week from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Police Department.

“I am eagerly awaiting the start of the next police academy,” Miller said. “Last years class was so much fun. The class bonded together quickly, which added so much energy to the class. A takeaway I got from speaking to some of the students was that they felt more compelled to be involved in the community.”

For most residents of Copperas Cove, the only contact they have with the police is when they are stopped for a traffic violation. The small amount of contact with police often leaves residents with a limited view of what the department and its officers are really doing other than enforcing traffic laws and responding to situations that have already occurred.

During the 12 week course, residents are not only instructed in different disciplines within the agency, but are also given the opportunity to actually observe and handle situations that law enforcement encounters every day. These situations are staged for the benefit of the participant and it is through these mock scenes that they get exposure to what it is actually like to be an officer responding to a particular situation.

Paricipants are allowed to miss up to three classes during the 12 week course and still graduate at the end of the session.

Miller said the goals of this academy are simple: provide a connection between the police and the citizens they serve and second, and most important, to have fun while learning.

For more information, contact Lt. Miller at 254-547-8222 ext 6956 or kmiller@copperascovetx.gov.

254-501-7568 | dperdue@kdhnews.com

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