Sugar Land, TX News (July 7, 2014) - Want to discover firsthand what it takes to be a police officer, get to know beat officers, and learn more about criminal investigation? Find out by signing up for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy and learn about traffic laws, crime scene investigations, and how to respond during an active shooter situation.
The 10-week course begins Sept. 11 and runs through Nov. 20. Students meet once a week at the police department, 1200 State Highway 6 South, from 7 – 10 pm. The curriculum includes weekend courses that include mock building searches and simulated traffic stops.
While learning about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system, and emergency management, participants personally interact with officers, detectives, and other personnel in a nontraditional law enforcement setting.
The training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction designed to provide interested Sugar Land citizens with a working knowledge of the SLPD, its personnel, and emergency management operations.
Topics taught during the academy include the following:
- USE OF FORCE / WEAPONS/ SWAT: Students are given instruction concerning the legal use of weapons. Students view various types of weapons used by police officers and learn common language and phrases used by police.
- CITIZENS’ RESPONSE TO ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS (CRASE): Learn what to do during an active-shooter situation, how to survive, how to get away, and how to save others.
- TRAFFIC LAWS AND DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED INVESTIGATIONS: Traffic laws and procedures are discussed with an emphasis on the most common traffic offenses. The course also covers drunk-driving enforcement and accident investigations. Students receive specialized instruction concerning the procedures for initiating traffic stops and officer safety.
- BUILDING SEARCH/TRAFFIC STOPS: Students participate in exercises that simulate traffic stops and dangerous citizen interactions. Participants operate a fully equipped patrol vehicle under the supervision of a police instructor.
- CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS: A discussion of Texas laws and penalties emphasizes criteria for assaults, burglaries, robberies, and thefts.
- TELECOMMUNICATIONS/EOC: A public safety dispatcher will explain radio procedures and their role to support police, fire, and emergency medical services. Students tour the emergency communications center.
- CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION: A crime scene investigator discusses the collection and preservation of evidence. This unit also includes a tour of SLPD’s crime identification lab.
- TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: The class tours the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Jester Prison Unit. Students visit most areas and learn about how the Texas prison system works.
- CRIME VICTIM LIAISON/DISTRICT ATTORNEY: The police department’s crime victim liaison discusses the process that victims go through and the programs available for victims.
The class is offered free of charge to Sugar Land residents and people who work in Sugar Land. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 15.