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police academy

The fourth class of The Commerce Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 3rd.

The Citizen’s Police Academy was established to promote an understanding of the Commerce Police Department and its policies and procedures. Police work is filled with many variables that require professional solutions. The goal is to address perceived suspicions and misconceptions by establishing mutual trust and cooperation between the police and the citizens of Commerce. It is also an opportunity to promote civic awareness.

Participants will attend classroom presentations, lectures and “hands-on” experience activities that will offer participants valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of the Commerce Police Department. Likewise, department employees receive direct feedback from members of each class. This two-way communication between police officers and the community further the efforts to improve the quality of life for residential and business communities. The Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to build a bond of mutual trust and respect between the police department and the community. Additionally, the academy highlights the importance of citizen participation in public safety so that the community may remain free from the fear of crime.

Some of the topics that will be addressed in the 12 week program are Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, Building Searches, Firearms, Traffic, Criminal and Juvenile Law, Crime Prevention, Special Operations, Jail Procedures, DWI and Communications.

The classes will be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and class members must be 18 years of age and in good standing in the community. They must also pass a background investigation and either reside or work in the Commerce area.

For those interested in participating in the program, please contact the Commerce Police Department at (903)886-1139 for more information. Applications are also available at the lobby of the Commerce Police Department at 1103 Sycamore.