The concept of the Citizen Police Academy was developed in 1977 in England to familiarize private citizens with the nature of police work and the organization of the police system. The Pasadena Police Department held its first Citizen Police Academy in March 1995. Typically, we run two Citizen Police Academy classes each year.
The Citizen Police Academy is a 13 week course designed to give citizens a better understanding of the Pasadena Police Department. Classes are limited to 25 students. Here is a summary of class eligibility requirements:
1. Applicant must be at least 21 years of age. Applicant must reside or own a business in Pasadena.Classes will be held once a week (Tuesday evenings) from 7-10 p.m. at the Pasadena Police Department’s Community Room (1201 Davis Street). Each week a different area of the Police Department is covered. This course of study will cover topics such as juvenile investigations, telecommunications, DWI, police pursuits, SWAT, criminal investigations, crime lab and crime scene investigations. Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice.
2. Background check: No person with a Class A misdemeanor or higher conviction, including a Family Violence conviction, shall be allowed to attend the class. A Class B misdemeanor conviction has a 10 year disqualification period. All disqualifiers shall remain concurrent to and consistent with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s TCIC/TLETS ACCESS POLICY, October, 2003, or any additional policy amendments.
3. You will be automatically disqualified if you have any outstanding warrants, pending court dates in either Municipal, State, or Federal courts, or a conviction of the following: issuance of bad check, public lewdness, theft or any other crime of “moral turpitude”. You will not be allowed to attend the Citizen Police Academy until such warrants are cleared and all cases are adjudicated.
4. All applicants will go through an interview process. The interview board will consist of CPAAA board members and officers from the Police Department’s Community Services Division. If you are accepted into the Citizen Police Academy you will receive written notification.
Classes meet once a week from 7-10 p.m. Each week a different area of the Police Department is covered. Officers from throughout the department teach on topics related to the officer’s specific assignment. This course of study will cover topics such as juvenile investigations, telecommunications, D.W.I., police pursuits, S.W.A.T., criminal investigations, crime lab, and crimes scene investigations. Classes will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.
Upon completing the Citizen Police Academy, the participants will have the opportunity to join the Pasadena Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. The Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association works with the Pasadena Police Department to provide assistance with special projects and functions as a liaison between the Police Department and the community. The Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association is a non-political, non-profit, tax-exempt organization.
For more information about the Citizen Police Academy contact the Police Department’s Community Services Division at 713-920-1655.
To apply for enrollment in the next CPA, read the linked file with important information on academy classes, then print, complete and mail both the application and your signed commitment page to the address on the page. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open this file and may be downloaded at the previous link at no cost.
The CPA information sheet, commitment page and application may be downloaded here.