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January 12th, 2012
Citizen Police Academy begins Jan. 31, space available


The San Marcos Police Department will begin its Spring Citizen Police Academy class on Jan. 31.

The academy will meet on Tuesdays in the spring from 6-9 p.m. at the San Marcos Police Department (2300 South Interstate 35). The course is free and a complimentary dinner is provided at every class.

“Citizen Police Academy allows the Police Department to open its doors to citizens and take the time to explain police procedures,” said Paul Stephens, community services officer. “The goal of the academy is to create a relationship and bond that the participants will take back with them into the community.”

Applications are available at the police department or online at Completed applications must be submitted to the police department records division by Friday, Jan. 27.

During the academy classes, citizens will learn about aspects of the police department including the hiring process, officer selection, and the background investigations applicants must pass to be hired.

Topics will include internal affairs and how citizen complaints are handled, Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, the San Marcos Police Department policy and regulations that officers must adhere to, use of force, patrol, K-9, SWAT, DWIs, narcotics, communications/9-1-1, criminal investigations, gangs, school resource officers, downtown and mall bike patrol, and crime scene investigations.

The instruction goes beyond the classroom. The police department will take students to the shooting range and allow them to fire every weapon that the officers carry, as well as operate police cars on a track during the simulated pursuit driving section of the course.

This semester’s class will introduce more hands-on training, including a section involving a simulated crime scene to investigate, and another section involving intoxicated subjects who will demonstrate the effects of alcohol on the mind and body during the DWI class.

For more information, contact the San Marcos Police Department Community Services Division at (512) 754-2271.

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