The deadline of Friday, July 14. to sign up for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy starting on Monday, July 31. is quickly approaching and anyone turning in an application after the deadline date cannot be considered. Thus far the applicants have been coming in at a good pace and the class should be full soon.
This Academy, co-sponsored by Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader and District Attorney Logan Pickett, will have state certified instructors speaking on a vast number of law enforcement subjects such as the Penal Code, SWAT operations, a hands on “shoot/don’t shoot” scenario, Texas Ranger interfacing, a hands on homicide investigation scene utilizing the usual investigative techniques such as fingerprints, blood splatter patterns and many other subjects of interest to any citizen who may be interested in the manner in which your Criminal Justice system must and does function. After graduation, the students can join the Alumni Association and work with the Sheriff’s or D.A.’s Office in a non-front line volunteer capacity as this academy class does not certify the students as peace officers or grant them the powers of arrest.
Applications for the Citizen Police Academy can be picked up on the south end of the county at the Sheriff’s dispatchers office at 2400 Beaumont Ave. in the City of Liberty or on the north end of the county at the court house annex located at 304 Campbell St. in the City of Cleveland. All applicants must be at least 18 years old but with no upper age limits and pass a criminal background check. We would encourage all citizens to attend this FREE academy and see how your legal system works. The dead line for submitting an application is Friday, July 14, 2017.