Citizen Police Academy Accepting Applications For 2012 Class
What is it? The Joshua Police Department Citizen Police Academy is a 30-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Joshua Police Department’s personnel and policies. The Academy consists of a series of classes, held once a week for ten (10) weeks and one Saturday class at approx. three (3) hours of less each session. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Police Department each week as well as other city services. Officers, personnel and city personnel conducts each instructional block.
Who May Attend? In order to apply for the academy, you must live in the city limits of Josha, work in the city limits of Joshua or own a business in the city limits of Joshua. The academy is held once each year. The minimum age for enrollment is eighteen (18) years of age.
The Purpose: The Joshua Citizen Police Academy was created in order to provide enough information to the citizens that attend so that they may make informed judgements about the Police Department and police activity. It is further hoped that the instruction will increase police awareness whereas to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase police/community rapport through this educative process. The department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the student’ interaction and input.
Topics: The Joshua Citizen Police Academy covers such diverse topics as training, communicaitons, criminal investigations, DWI procedures, juvenile law, the special respnse team and special crimes unit. Instruction in these and other topices will consist of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience.
For More Information: If you are interested in applying for admission to the Joshua Police Department Citizens Policy Academy, you may attain an application from the city website or pick one up form the Joshua Police Department at 102 South Main Street between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. For further information contact Captain Leland Cheek at 817-558-3194.
Alumni Association: Graduates of the class are invited to join the Alumni Association. The purpose of the Association is to support the police department with volunteers during special events, fundraising for special purchases and to assist with public awarenesss about the functions of the department.