By Trishna Buch
The officers of the Texas City Police Department work tirelessly every day to make sure that the city is safe for its citizens. However, many citizens are not completely aware on how the police force operates and the amount of hard work that goes into holding a high-risk job, but the Citizens Police Academy hopes to change this.
The academy, which runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 6 to August 10, is designed to teach citizens about how police work and improve communications between the police force and the community.
“The academy is beneficial to the police department because it shows us the support we have from the citizens,” Corporal Timothy Herd said.
“And we at the police department appreciate all of the support the citizens shows us, day in and day out
“It also is a benefit for the citizens because it teaches them about what the police do, why they do it and how they do it
“The course builds a bridge between citizens and police and shows that we are here to serve them.”
The course, which is currently accepting applications, will allow its students to be well versed on the various facets that allow them to be well informed residents, such as state laws, local ordinances, police procedures, special units and court proceedings and systems. The course will also see presentations by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Auto Crimes Task Force, the Galveston County district attorney’s office and others, as well as teach participants about the work the police department does with the emergency management and fire departments.
And people who participate in the academy are allowed to join the Texas City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The association is an organization that puts together various volunteer opportunities “through the police department”, said a press release by the department.
The course is open to people who are at least 18-years-old and reside or work in Texas City or in its surrounding area. People interested in participating in the course may pick up an application from the front desk of the Texas City Police Department, located at 1004 9th Avenue North in Texas City or find one on the Texas City website– texas-city-tx.org—under the police department section and, once it has been completed, it can be emailed to Corporal Timothy Herd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course can only take up to 30 students, so—if you are interested—be sure to apply as soon as possible. Participants in the class are required to attend every lesson to be eligible for graduation and participation in the Texas City Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, but—if a class is missed—it can be made-up towards the end of the course.
And keep in mind that, while the majority of classes do take place in the police department’s training room, any changes in location will be made known to participants.