Sheriff’s office to host Citizens Police Academy


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see what a sheriff’s deputy does on a daily basis? Here’s your chance

The Matagorda County Sheriff’s office is holding its Citizens Police Academy March 19 through April 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The classes will be held every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“The goal of the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Police Academy is to enhance communication and understanding between the sheriff’s office and citizens,” said Lt. James Orr of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office. “In an overall approach to community policing, citizens will participate and learn about the sheriff’s office, its mission and goals and the men and woman of the sheriff’s office who serve the community on a daily basis.”

Orr said each week students would learn about different aspects of law enforcement to include laws of arrest, patrol techniques, domestic violence and crisis intervention, firearms safety, crime scene management and traffic enforcement.

The overall objective of the Academy is to provide citizens with sound and accurate information about the sheriff’s office and the criminal justice process so citizens are able to make informed decisions regarding issues / matters involving the police department and/or police activity. Participants will be able to share their experiences and learned information with family, friends, co-workers, and their community to further improve and strengthen community-police relations.

A CPA provides an excellent opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, demands, policies and laws that guide the behavior and decisions of a department’s officers. Incorporating hands-on experiences for the participants creates a chance to explain law enforcement techniques in basic, easily understood terms and logic.

Perhaps most importantly, a CPA is a unique and powerful means to increase the community’s empathy and sympathy for law enforcement officers. It provides an opportunity to humanize law enforcement officers, to get to know the actual person behind the badge.

These classes are provided free of charge.

Orr said that once students graduate, the goal is to have a continued partnership. Interested graduates are given the opportunity to continue to volunteer and help assist the sheriff’s office with different county functions.

Orr said they would be part of a group called “Matagorda County Citizens Law Enforcement Academy Alumni.” More information about the goals and requirements of this group will be detailed during academy classes.

For more information, call 979-245-5526.

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