The Huntsville Police Department is inviting citizens of Huntsville to participate in the 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy, a unique opportunity for participants to learn about police operations firsthand. The CPA is a 13-week program that will meet from 6–9 p.m. at the Huntsville Police Department on Monday nights.
According to HPD Senior Officers Mark Jenkins and Kenneth Posey, the deadline to apply for the program is March 23, and those approved to take part in the program will attend sessions every Monday from April 13 to July 10.
“If you have ever wondered how a Huntsville police officer is trained, how the SWAT Team operates, or what it’s like to go on a night-shift ride-along, the Citizens’ Police Academy promises to be an engaging, one-of-a-kind experience,” Posey said.
“Participants will have the opportunity to see and hear about the overwhelming curriculum recruits must master before becoming part of the HPD.
“Instructors will be real police officers who will take you on accelerated overview of various operations of our department. It is our goal to increase understanding of police work and develop effective partnerships between the Huntsville Police Department and our community.”
Participants will hear HPD officers and employees discuss their roles and responsibilities within the department. There will be guest speakers from other criminal justice agencies within Huntsville and Walker County, including juvenile and adult probation and the District Attorney’s office. Citizens will tour the County Jail and the Communications Center, ride with a police officer, and explore the Firing Range.
The HPD strives to make this class hands-on and enjoyable while educating the participants about the police department and the local criminal justice system.
According to Jenkins, the ideal candidate for the Citizens’ Police Academy is any local citizen with interest in the department or in law enforcement in general.
“Join us and be part of this important effort – the only investment on your part is three hours of your time for 13 weeks,” he said. “What our participants will learn will not only benefit them. When they share what they’ve learned with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, we believe that will have a significant impact on the Police Department and on community relations.”
More information about the Citizens’ Police Academy is available on the HPD website at
www.huntsvillepolice.com, in the Community section.
Those interested in applying for this year’s CPA should download and complete an application and release and deliver both to the Huntsville Police Department located at 1220 11th Street. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 23, 2015.
For questions, please contact Senior Officer Mark Jenkins or Senior Officer Kenneth Posey at 936-291-5480.