The 31st Citizens Police Academy starts Thursday, February 6, 2020 and continues for 15 weeks. Applications are due Friday, January 24 at 5 p.m. and are available as a fillable PDF here.
Call the Office of Community Liaison at 512-990-6940 or email OCL@pflugervilletx.gov for more information.
What is Citizens Police Academy?
The Citizens Police Academy is a 34-hour course of instruction to give the public a working knowledge of the Pflugerville Police Department policies and operational practices. The program consists mainly of two-hour classes from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays. The comprehensive course will cover a different area of police work each week led by certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian personnel.
Who may attend?
The class is comprised of a cross-section of the Pflugerville community. Any interested citizen, who works, resides or owns a business within the City limits, or in the extraterritorial jurisdiction, of Pflugerville is encouraged to attend. Applicants, who are selected, must be 18 years of age.
The Purpose of the Academy
The Pflugerville Citizens Police Academy provides information to the community, enabling them to make informed judgments about police services, police activity and why the police do, and can not do, certain things. The instruction is designed to increase police awareness in order to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and to increase police/community rapport through an educational process. The Police Department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the participant's interaction and input. This is a very valuable two-way learning experience. Completing the Citizens Police Academy is also a requirement to participate in the Citizens On Patrol endeavor.
- The Pflugerville Citizens Police Academy covers diverse topics of training such as an introduction to communications, operational issues pertaining to criminal investigations, criminal law, accident investigations, patrol procedures, evidence/forensics, narcotics, crime prevention, 9-1-1, and officer safety
- Other topics include domestic violence issues, juvenile law, use of force, suspicious activity and victim services.
Graduation from the Citizens Police Academy is a requirement to participate in the Citizens on Patrol program.