HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced registration for its August Citizens Police Academy on Monday.

Harris County residents interested in participation in the HCSO’s upcoming Citizens Police Academy are being urged to register before the start of the academy, which is August 15, 2013. Classes will be held at 1027 Spring Cypress Rd. at the Cypress Baptist Church every Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

“The Citizens Police Academy is a once-a-week, 13-week program,” added officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “It is designed to give residents a working knowledge of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, including police procedures and protocol.”

During the academy, participants will be involved in interactive courses, while learning the various aspects of law enforcement, such as the Texas Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, Gang Awareness, Terrorism and many other topics. “Residents will gain a better understanding of how police services are conducted in their communities and see ‘how and why’ deputies make some of their decisions in the course of their duties,” added authorities.

“Graduates of the CPA play a vital role in their community by improving communication between citizens and law enforcement and by providing local input and support throughout the county. The HCSO hopes the graduates will become partners with the agency in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues affecting our community.”

The Citizens Police Academy is free and enrollment is open to qualified individuals, but space is limited, according to HCSO officials. “Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and reside in Harris County. A thorough background check will be conducted on each applicant,” added Harris County Sheriff’s Office authorities.

“Residents interested in participating in the CPA may download an application by visiting the HCSO’s website at They may also pick up an application at any HCSO storefront or by contacting the HCSO’s Community Services Division at 713-759-9454. All applications must be turned in no later than August 9, 2013.”


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