Brownwood Police Chief Mike Corley issued the following press release Thursday about the next Citizens Police Academy:
As most of you know, I am committed to operating a transparent police department. In addition, I want the Brownwood Police Department to be good partners with our community.
With those thoughts in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that we are currently taking applications for our next Citizens Police Academy (CPA). This will be my second CPA since taking office in 2010. Our CPA class earlier this year was a great success and we are hoping to make the next one even better.
The next CPA class will start in January of 2012. We have not set an exact date yet, but it will start in mid to late January. The classes will run for ten (10) Tuesday nights and one Saturday. The Saturday class is about three or four hours and we conduct that class at the shooting range. A great time will be had by all at the range!
We have a Citizen's Police Academy for many reasons. One of the primary reasons is transparency. We want you (the public) to know how your police department is run and how your tax dollars are spent. We open up our doors to the students. There are no unanswered questions and there are no secrets. We want the students to learn police techniques and on a more basic front: find out why police officers do the things they do.
We want the students to use police equipment. For instance, we will have you dusting for fingerprints, using a radar gun, watching a taser demo, and shooting a variety of firearms, just to name a few. We also want the students to ride patrol with our officers. We want the students to experience what our officers experience on a regular duty shift in Brownwood, Texas. Students will probably see Brownwood as they have never seen it before.
Here is our very basic schedule from the last class. It may change some, as we make adjustments for instructors:
(Class is 6:30pm to 9:00pm)
Week 1 Introductions, tour of the facility, and Chief's Philosophy (Chief Corley)
Week 2 Patrol & Uniform Operations
Week 3 Investigations
Week 4 Traffic Enforcement/Accident Investigation/DWI & Public Intoxication
Week 5 Dispatch/911/Tour of the County Jail
Week 6 Family Violence/Officer Safety/Use of Force
Week 7 Student Resource Officer/Crime Prevention/Mental Health Issues
Week 8 Municipal Court/Drugs/Drug Investigations
Week 9 Internal Affairs & Ethics (Chief Corley)
Week 10 Graduation
(We don't schedule our Saturday at the range until we see a good weather weekend, usually around week 8)
After the ride alongs start, we begin each class with students talking about their experiences during their ride alongs with BPD officers. We try to use as many different officers teaching classes as possible. We also have several "guest" instructors from different areas such as prosecutors, and social agencies that we work with.
I encourage all of our citizens to consider attending the Citizen's Police Academy. I promise it will be an experience you will remember and appreciate for a long time.
We ask that you fill out an application. Applications can be picked up at the Brownwood Police Department 1050 W. Commerce or contact Officer Chandra Means at 325-646-2525 for more information. Members of the media are certainly welcome to attend also.
Thanks and please don't hesitate to call Chandra, myself, or A/Chief Fuller if you have any questions at all.