By TYLER MASK
For Mineral Wells residents wanting to learn about the police department's inner-workings, the Mineral Wells Police Department is hosting its 18th Annual Citizens Police Academy starting March 27.
The academy is a 10-week program – free of charge – designed to provide citizens with an opportunity to gain further insight on police department procedures and become better acquainted with MWPD staff.
“The whole curriculum of Police Academy is a condensed version of what a police cadet would experience,” Mineral Wells Police Sgt. Patrick Adams said.
While the program does not qualify one to become a police officer – or even an honorary police officer – the program is highly beneficial in building a bridge between the police department and the community, Adams said.
“The most important thing, if we don't have the cooperation and the trust of our community, we can't effectively do our job,” he said. “The Citizens Police Academy is one of the many tools that can create a great working condition for our community and police.”
Topics to be explored during this program include patrol procedures, criminal law, narcotics, search and seizures, tactical operations, investigations, juvenile law, firearms demonstration, emergency vehicle operations and use of force issues. Throughout the course, students will get the chance to ride with a patrol officer and witness firsthand what officers experience daily. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to perform mock traffic stops, tour both city and county jails, examine equipment used by the department and fire various firearms at the police range.
Classes will be on Thursday evenings. Students must attend eight out of the 10 weeks and should maintain a professional manner at all times. Citizens ages 18 and older from all demographics are invited to apply, although there is a cap of 25 students. Criminal history checks will be conducted on every applicant and no guns will be allowed on site.
Applications can be picked up at the police department or found online at www.mineralwellstx.gov and must be submitted by March 24.
Those accepted will be notified by phone or email. For more information, contact Adams at 940-328-7763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.