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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED:

  • What would it be like to be a Police Officer?
  • How a Police Officer makes the decisions they make?
  • What does a Patrol Officer do?
  • How are they trained?
  • How is the El Paso Police Department organized?
  • Is there anything I can do to help make El Paso a better and safer place to live?

Well then, the El Paso Citizen Police Academy may be for you!


Upcoming Citizen Police Academies
(see sample class agendas on "CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY" page)

2009 Schedule

Oct. 29 - Nov. 12 Patrol Support & Special Unit Citizen Police Academy  (Thursdays)

2010 Schedule

Jan 28 - Mar 11 Investigative Citizen Police Academy  (Thursdays)
April 6 - May 11 Basic Citizen Police Academy   (Tuesdays)
June 21 - 25 Youth Police Academy   (All week)
July 12 - 16 Youth Police Academy   (All week)
Aug 31 - Oct 12 Investigative Citizen Police Academy  (Tuesdays)
Oct 25 - Nov 12 Patrol Support & Special Unit Citizen Police Academy  (Tuesdays)

2011 Schedule

Jan 13 - Feb 17 Basic Citizen Police Academy  (Thursdays)
Mar 1 - Mar 18 Patrol Support & Special Unit Citizen Police Academy  (Thursdays)
Apr 4 - May 20 Investigative Citizen Police Academy  (Thursdays)

NOTE:  DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY

The Constabulary in Devon and Cornwall, England developed the concept of the Citizen Police Academy in 1977.  Its purpose was to familiarize the general public with the nature of police work and make them aware of the policies, procedures, and operations of their police department.  The idea came about due to the many questions being asked about Police Department operations.

In 1985, the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the United States to adopt the program.  It has become a national model for Citizen Police Academies that have been established in many cities and towns across the United States.

The El Paso Police Department began its Citizen Police Academy (the EPCPA) in 1995 in support of its Community Policing Initiative.  The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) believes that education is the most effective method of gaining understanding and support from the community.  The primary objectives of the Citizen Police Academy are:

  • To provide a vehicle for educating and providing positive police relations with citizens on an ongoing basis; to build community-EPPD cooperation, understanding, and good a citizen-police rapport.
  • To gain support for police, and police initiatives, and to encourage citizens to partner with law enforcement so as to assist in making our city a safer place in which to live.
  • To provide citizens a better understanding of police functions, how policies are developed, the decision-making process, and what an officer experiences on a day-to-day basis.
  • To dispel suspicions and misconceptions by providing a two-way dialog resulting in insight into citizen concerns and perceptions about police officers, police initiatives, philosophies, operations, and activities as well as providing the citizens with a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges faced by a police officer every day.

The Citizen Police Academies are not intended to serve as an accredited law enforcement course, but merely to provide insight into and a general overview of the internal workings of the El Paso Police Department.


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT (915) 564-7322

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The Citizen Police Academies are not intended to serve as an accredited law enforcement course, but merely to provide insight into and a general overview of the internal workings of the El Paso Police Department.


GOALS

The goal of the EPCPA is to educate attendees about the structure and activities of their police department.  The EPCPA is not a “training” class, but is an exciting “information” class, a behind-the–scenes look at the El Paso Police Department.  It operates on the premise that a well-informed and educated population will be more supportive of police officers, the police department, and their own community


 

     

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