Applications are now being accepted at the Waxahachie Police Department for the new citizens police academy class. The informational class will provide the public with an insight on what officers face each day on the job.
“The Citizens Police Academy will start Thursday, Jan. 23 and will go through March 27. We will meet once a week each Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at the Waxahachie Water Treatment Plant on Howard Road,” Community Relations Officer Wess Winn said. “We hope that citizens will get a better of understanding about what we do through this course. It gives people a site of what goes on at the police department and puts you in officer’s shoes.”
Wess said people who are 18 years olds and live or work in Waxahachie are able to sign up for this course. Students will learn about accident investigation from Police Chief Chuck Edge and highway interdiction from Texas Department of Public Safety Ricky Barber. The class will also see a demonstration from the department’s canine.
Other topics that will be taught on in the course include SWAT, criminal investigations, crime scene search, crime prevention programs, firearms, patrol procedures, communications and training
Winn said the class would also prepare students who are interested in becoming a part of the Citizens on Patrol program the department has. In the program residents assist the police department each month. Citizens on Patrol work as an extra set of eyes and ears for the police department and report what they see and don’t have any arresting powers. The citizens on patrol will work at different community events. While the class does prepare participants to become members of citizens on patrol program it is not required to join.
Students will also learn about the department’s exploring program that provides youth with a chance to learn about law enforcement in the community and the Waxahachie Crime Stoppers Organizations. The Waxahachie Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization works hand in hand with law enforcement. It provides a tip line that residents can phone in anonymous tips regarding crimes that have been committed throughout Ellis County.
Winn said he hopes that when students complete the course that they will become an active volunteer serving with the citizens on patrol program or the crime stoppers.
The 10-week course is an information course only. Upon completion students will not become police officers.
Applications can be downloaded off the Crime Stoppers website at www.waxahachiecrimestoppers.org or at the police department’s website atwww.waxahachiepd.org. Applications can also be picked up at the police department located at 216 N. College St. The deadline for application is Jan. 20. They can be faxed into the department at 469-309-4420, emailed to Winn at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the department in person.