FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What are the requirements for attendance?
The requirements for participation are:
Q. When and where do the classes meet?
The classes meet at the Regional Commands, at Police Headquarters (911 Raynor), the Police Training Academy, and the County Jail. Maps and addresses of all locations will be provided during the first class. The Academy classes will cover many different subjects during the class sessions normally meeting one or two times a week (a week night & some Saturdays). The classes normally meet from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on weeknight evenings and from 8:00 to 12:00 on the designated Saturdays
Q. Who teaches the classes?
The classes are taught by experienced police officers, police civilians, and other subject matter experts.
Q. What does the EPCPA cost?
Nothing! It is FREE! The only things required from you are your time and interest.
Q. What do I have to commit to?
You should be able to commit to attending at least 80% of the classes. There is no obligation upon completing the EPCPA. However you may wish to join the El Paso Citizen Police Alumni Association and/or to help the El Paso Police Department by becoming a volunteer.
Q. What is included in the background check?
A local criminal history check will be performed, along with a check of driving records. Certain driving violations will not exclude an individual from attending, but other violations may. Each application will be reviewed by a police supervisor and those approved will be notified of acceptance.
Q. Where do I park?
Free parking is available at Police Headquarters and all of the Regional Commands.
Q. What type of a grade must I maintain? Is there any homework?
No grades will be kept, and no homework will be assigned.
Q. Will I be dropped from the class if I have to miss some classes?
An 80% attendance rate should be maintained. Without this attendance rate, participants will not fully benefit from the CPA.
Q. Will it be possible to ride along with an officer during their shift?
You will be provided an opportunity to participate in the “Ride-Along” program during the EPCPA. The ride-along will last a minimum of four hours and will be scheduled during the Academy. Submission of a signed Waiver of Liability Release and Hold Harmless Agreement will be required prior to the ride-along. The police department will coordinate the ride-along and attempt to schedule it at a convenient time for you. You may also request a particular Regional Command, and if possible, that request will be honored.
Q. What happens after I complete the El Paso Citizen Police Academy?
Citizens successfully completing the Academy will be presented with a Certificate of Completion at a graduation ceremony. Each graduate will then be eligible to join the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. You may also wish to join with many other citizens and become a volunteer with the El Paso Police Department, join Citizen’s Advisory Board at your regional command, join or start a Neighborhood Watch in the area where you live.
Q. What are the physical requirements?
There are none. You will not be required to perform any task that you do not feel comfortable with. There will not be any strenuous physical activity involved in the course. If you can stand, walk, and perform normal physical activities you will have no problems in this course.
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