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University of Texas-Pan American Police Department

Citizens Police Academy

The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department is pleased to offer our community an inside looks at university policing.  Citizens Police Academy has been designed to provide an overview of the University of Texas-Pan American Police Department’s functions, responsibilities, and operational procedures.
 
 
WHAT IS THE CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY?
 
The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department's Citizen’s Police Academy is a block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the University Police Department's officers, civilian personnel, and policies. It consists of a series of 10 sessions held during each Spring and Fall semester. The instruction is comprehensive, covering different facets of police work. Officers, supervisors, and specialized personnel conduct each instructional block.
 
WHO MAY ATTEND?
 
The UTPA CPA is comprised of students, faculty and staff, interested in University Policing. CPA applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must be a member of the UTPA Community. Participants must complete 70% of the sessions. There are no fees associated with this program, just your desire to learn more about the police profession and the criminal justice system.
 
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CPA?
 
The main purpose of the UTPA Citizen’s Police Academy is to provide training and information to citizens so that they may become active participants in helping make our community safer and make informed decisions and judgments about the police department and police activity. Secondly, it is hoped that the contact between the citizens enrolled in the class and the police officers with whom they interact with during the course of the academy, will enhance understanding of issues facing diverse groups and dispel myths and misconceptions which may have developed over time. The third purpose of the academy is to make the participants and the police officers aware of how each group depends on the other to produce public safety and the quality of life desired and deserved by the citizens.
 
WHAT TOPICS ARE DISCUSSED?
 
During the Citizen’s Police Academy, CPA participants will receive presentations on police training, communications, criminal investigations, alcohol and drugs, firearms safety, patrol and tactical operations and our community oriented policing philosophy. Instruction on these and other topics will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.
 
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME AS A PARTICIPANT?
 
The academy is conducted in a relaxed and casual manner, we ask that you enjoy your time with us, but we do encourage you to ask questions. We can and will discuss any issues you may have. At the end of the academy you will evaluate and inform us on how we can improve the Citizens Police Academy.
 
 
If you are interested in being a part of this exciting program, you may express your interest by completing the registration form at the UTPA Police Department or by contacting Officer Hector Flores, 956-665-7151, or by email at haflores@utpa.edu