Cedar Park Citizen's Police Academy program was started in
January of 1996.
The goal of the Cedar Park Citizen's Police Academy is to
increase the understanding between the citizens of Cedar Park
and their police officers and police work in general. This
is to be accomplished by educating citizens on the inner workings
of their police department, which is reflected in the Academy's
motto, "Knowledge through Experience".
There will be three sessions per year and each session will
run for 12 weeks. Classes are held once a week for two hours.
Academies will be open to all qualified citizens on a first
come, first served basis. Announcements for the next academy
are printed in local papers and neighborhood publications,
thus allowing interested parties to contact the Community
Services Division for an application to the Academy.
After completing and returning the attached application, the
following "background checks" will be completed
before moving on to the next phase of the application process.
Warrant check - All outstanding
warrants, if any, must be taken care of prior to participation
in the academy. If any applicant is found to have a warrant,
they will be notified by phone of the warrant and informed
on how to take care of it.
Involvement Check - Applicants
for the Academy will be disqualified from attending if they
have been arrested for any violent crime or any crime that
by its very nature is deemed counterproductive to the spirit
and goals of the Academy. Arrest for DWI, most misdemeanors,or
traffic violations will not necessarily disqualify an applicant
Drivers License Check - All applicants
must have a current and clear drivers license.
After applicants are cleared, they will be notified by phone,
then sent a course confirmation letter. This letter will detail
the dates, times, and the location of the next scheduled academy
The Academy will host a "First Nighter" which will
introduce police administration, instructors, area law enforcement
officers, and Academy Alumni. The students will obtain an
overview of the Academy. Students will receive their training
manuals which will include curriculum, class description and
goals, a class roster and any other related items.
Instructors will be officers from Cedar Park, as well as officers
from other law enforcement agencies. These officers will help
instruct students on patrol procedures, use of force,communications,
criminal investigations, use of canines in police work, public
safety interaction, and many other subjects over the course
of the Academy. During the Academy, students will be encouraged
to take part in a "Ride Along" program where the
student will ride with an officer while on duty. Although
not a requirement, it is one of the most interesting and eye-opening
experiences offered by the school.
Academy Graduates will receive a handsome graduation certificate
and a small token from class coordinators signifying the student's
successful completion of the course.
Above all else, students will graduate from the academy with
a personal knowledge of police work in Cedar Park. This "Knowledge
through Experience" will hopefully dispel suspicions
and misconceptions, and strengthen the rapport between police
officers and the citizens they serve.