FERRIS — The Ferris Police Department graduated its Citizens Police Academy on Tuesday, which marked the 3rd graduating class since the program’s inception in February 2016.

Chief Eddie Salazar said the academy had been one of the department's more successful Community Policing programs. The six-week CPA program allows students to learn the daily operations of the Ferris Police Department firsthand. The students were also introduced to other agencies that work with the Ferris Police Department. Speakers from the other area agencies included the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Constable Precinct 1, Child Advocacy Center (Gingerbread House) and the Ferris Fire Department.

This semester's class even included a 16-year-old student from Ferris High School.

"The Ferris Police Department encouraged this student’s participation in order to plan for a future Youth’s Citizen Police Academy," a Ferris Police Department release states. "The input received from this student was instrumental and will allow us to prepare a class for the Ferris area youth better.

"The Citizens police Academy is not restricted to only the citizens of Ferris. We welcome anyone wanting to attend. This graduating class included citizens from Red Oak, Palmer and Bristol. The Ferris Police Department proudly congratulates Class 3 for successfully completing the six-week course."