The time is now to apply if you would like to be a part of the Granbury Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy (CPA) for 2013.
GPD Community Services Sergeant Chris Brichetto said he will be taking 15 applicants for the class, which will begin March 21 and conclude on May 23.
To apply for admission, applications may be filled out at the GPD, 116 W. Bridge St., between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The academy will be a comprehensive series of 10 three-hour classes, held once a week during the instruction period, aimed at giving members of the public a working knowledge of the GPD’s personnel and policies.
Brichetto said a primary goal is to provide enough information so that citizens “may make informed judgments about the police department and police safety,” and to “dispel suspicions and misconceptions” while improving rapport within the community.
The academy is held once a year, conducted by police officers and supervisors for each instructional block. Topics include training, specialized assignments, criminal investigations, DWI procedures, traffic enforcement, narcotics and the patrol division. Instruction will include lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on experiences.
Brichetto said the CPA volunteers also receive training in CPR and beginning First Aid.
The minimum age to attend is 21. You do not have to live or work in the city of Granbury to be eligible.
Those who graduate and qualify may then go on to become a CPA Alumni member.
“Our alumni program is the main fundraiser for all activities conducted by the Granbury Police Department and sponsors things like the Community Appreciation Day activities, Tip-A-Cop and Operation School Supplies,” Brichetto said. “Our members are present along with police officers at city-wide functions like the health and science fairs within our school district and do various things like fingerprinting children and handing out public safety information to our citizens.
“Besides their fundraising efforts, the alumni has under (its) police-sponsored operations a COPS (Citizens on Patrol) unit. Requirements for possessing a COPS certification includes being an alumni member in good standing and having attended a Citizens on Patrol Academy and riding out with a police officer.”
For more information about applying for the upcoming CPA, or to make a donation to the 501(c)(3) organization, go online (www.cpaalumni.org) or call Brichetto at 817-573-2648.
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