The Alvarado Police Department is proud to announce the inaugural Alvarado Police Departments Citizen’s Police Academy. The Academy will start Aug. 8 and will end Oct. 10. Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. at the Alvarado city hall building located at 104 West College. The citizens police academy is an expansion of the community based efforts of the police department. The academy will give citizens first-hand information on how and why the department operates, and examining the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with department members. The Citizens’ Academy is not an offer of employment, but a volunteer organization and program to educate those respected members of our community who want to hear information on police service and the APD right from the source. You do not have to reside in the city limits of Alvarado to participate in this program. Students will receive instruction in various topics, including but not limited to the following: -Introduction of top city officials (Meet the Chief)-Recruiting and hiring process-Field training program-Telecommunications Division-Records Division-Texas Penal Code-Use of force-Laws of arrest, search and seizures-Criminal Investigations-Crime scene investigations-Special Crimes Unit (Narcotics)-Patrol procedures-Traffic enforcement-Victims assistance-Juvenile procedures The academy is open to both men and women, age 18 and up. Couples are encouraged to attend.Interested participants may attend the 2013 Alvarado Police Citizen’s Academy, based on the following application process;1) Willingness to work in a team environment2) Submission of a complete written application3) Submission of a complete waiver form4)  Submission of a complete Consent for Criminal Record Search Form Completed applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, to the Alvarado Police Department. Applications for the academy may be retrieved on the city of Alvarado’s website: www.cityofalvarado.org under the police section, or picked up at the police department at 600 South Parkway. If you have any questions regarding this application of the 2013 Citizen Police Academy,contact Lieutenant Tim Cortez at 817-790-0910 or email cortez@cityofalvarado.org