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The San Marcos Police Department will begin its Spring Citizen Police Academy classes on Jan. 31 in the department’s auditorium, located at 2300 S IH-35.

The Citizen Police Academy is a 13-week program designed to create a closer relationship between citizens and the SMPD and the citizens. The academy meets once a week, on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m.

“The Citizen Police Academy offers the public an opportunity to see the challenges police officers face and learn how they overcome them to serve and protect the public,” said SMPD Community Services Officer Paul Stephens. “It builds a bridge between the public and the San Marcos Police Department.”

Citizens will learn details of the police department operations, starting with the hiring process, officer selection, and the background investigations officers must pass before being hired.

Topics include internal affairs and how citizen complaints are handled, Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, the SMPD policy and regulations that officers must adhere to, use of force, patrol, K-9, SWAT, DWIs, narcotics, communications/911, criminal investigations, gangs, school resource officers, downtown and mall bike patrol, and crime scene investigations.

The instruction goes beyond the classroom. Students will have instruction at the shooting range and driving track. Hands-on training includes a simulated crime scene to investigate and intoxicated subjects who will demonstrate the effects of alcohol on the mind and body during the DWI class.

Applications are available at the SMPD or online at the city’s website, Completed applications must be dropped off at the SMPD records division by Jan. 24.

For more information, contact Stephens at (512) 754-2271.


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