Since its inception in 1998, the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) has graduated 45 classes with 1,152 graduates.
The Citizen's Police Academy is a 12-week session that meets at the Police Station every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Two academy sessions are held each year in January and July. Participants are treated to many action-packed presentations highlighting the major divisions and sections within the organization.
Class presentations are done by Officers who are members of the:
Evidence Technicians squad
Narcotic detective squad
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
Traffic and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) unit
Hands-on activities include:
4 hours at an outdoor gun range using officers' guns (including semi-auto and fully automatic weapons)
Dusting for fingerprints with evidence technicians
Ride along with a patrol officer during a patrol shift
The cost to attend is only $25.
Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association
Graduates of the Citizen Police Academy formed an Alumni Association (Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA)) to continue their association with and support for the police department. Their assistance has been invaluable to the department. Members continue their education about the department by attending training sessions during their monthly meetings. They volunteer for activities such as the Kids Halloween and Christmas Parties, assistance at various festivals, fingerprinting, Kids Fishing Rodeo, data entry, and vehicle maintenance. Currently, there are over 150 members of the CPAAA who volunteer over 12,000 hours of time each year.