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January 18, 2014

Applications are now being taken for the Granbury Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy for 2014.

The number of applicants for the CPA classes is limited, so those interested should contact the GPD by calling 817-573-2648 or going by the police station at 116 W. Bridge St. to speak to a community resource officer between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. An application can also be found on the GPD website (www.granbury.org/police).

Classes are open to anyone in Hood County who is at least 21 years of age. You do not have to live or work in the city of Granbury to be eligible.

The program consists of a 30-hour block of instruction to give the public a “working knowledge” of the GPD’s personnel and policies. It’s a series of 10 classes, held once a week for three hours.

Those who graduate and qualify may elect to go on to become a CPA Alumni member. Not only is the alumni program involved in fundraising for GPD activities, the group also oversees a police-sponsored COPS (Citizens on Patrol) unit.

“The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the police department each week,” Sergeant Cris Brichetto said. “Officers, supervisors and personnel assigned to that particular division conduct each instructional block.”

Topics to be covered include training, communications, criminal investigations, DWI procedures, crime prevention, family violence, juvenile law and the special response team.

The classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on participation.

“Emphasis is placed on the patrol division, as that is the segment of the police department the public most often comes into contact with,” Brichetto said, adding that it’s a two-way learning experience and that it’s “hoped that the instruction will increase police awareness … to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase police/community rapport though this educative process. The department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the students’ interaction and input.”

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