Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Training Session:

Class begins: Thursday, September 1, 2016 (classes held each Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Deadline for applications: Friday, August 22, 2016 at 5 p.m.

To apply, fill out the online application.
To ask questions, call Mark Mitzel at (254) 750-1761.


The Citizens Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give citizens the opportunity to receive educational detail information from each Unit within the Waco Police Department. The academy consists of a series of classes held every Thursday nights of each week from 6 pm – 8:30 p.m., at the Waco Police Department. The classes are both comprehensive and hand-on, covering a different area of the police department each week. The student will learn about police procedures as well as become more aware of their personal surroundings.

The Citizens Police Academy is held in the spring and Fall. The class meets every Thursday for 12 weeks. The academy covers a wide variety of topics, such as Criminal Investigations, Patrol Operations, Communications, Crime Prevention, Courts and their functions, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Training. Instruction in these and other topics consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours and/or hands-on activities.

Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to join the Waco Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. The goal of the Association is an ongoing learning and helping process, with the main purpose of gathering graduates of the Waco Citizen's Police Academy in order to enhance relations between the community and the police force. The organization meets every month on the second Tuesday of each month. The Department conducted its first Citizens Police Academy in 1991. Its 46th class will be held in Spring 2014. Participants are diverse in backgrounds and represent many different areas of the community.

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Class Topics:

Students will learn about each Unit within the Police Department; how cases are handled; and role play as police officers in selected class topics; and requirements to become a police officer.

Patrol Functions: Street Crimes
Officers will speak to the students of the daily life and role as a police officer. Officers will talk about their experiences out in the real world.

Traffic Stops:
Students will learn the dangers an officer faces during a routine traffic stop. A hands-on scenario is setup as an opportunity for students to get involved and role play as an officer while conducting their very own traffic stop.

Suspect Information:
A class session is given on how to identify and report suspect descriptions to the police department.

The Unit will explain procedures and how calls are prioritized.

Crime Prevention – Securing Your Home:
Class session will entail evaluating the perimeter of the home to include: Lighting, landscaping, doors, locks, and windows.

The SWAT Unit will conduct a presentation. Students will have hands-on experiences with the different types of weapons used by our S.W.A.T. team.

Building Searches:
The S.W.A.T. Unit will show students how to make entry in a building when searching for a suspect(s). Students will also be given tips in how to handle the situation in the event someone breaks-in while you’re at home.

Crime Scene:
Students will learn how the Crime Scene Unit processes the crime scene and how evidence is collected. Students will also see the different types of equipment and chemicals used at a crime scene.

A class session is given on the different types of drugs used, signs of a person using a type of drug, and it effects. Officers will also talk about prescription drugs which are highly abused and used more by teens these days.

K-9 Unit:
The K-9 Unit will speak to the class about when the police dogs are used, and how they are trained. The K-9 dogs will also give a demonstration on drug and article search in the classroom.

Special Crimes:
The students will learn the types of crimes this Unit investigates which are Robbery, Missing Persons, Suicides, Questionable Deaths, Attempted Murder,  Homicides, Sex Offender Registry, Adult Sexual Assaults, Criminal Investigations, Injury to Elders, Kidnappings, and Adult Protective Referrals.

Sex Offender Registry:
This topic will explain the sex offender laws, probation violations, and registration requirements.

Police Recruitment and Academy:
The Personnel Unit will explain the recruitment testing and application process in becoming a Peace Officer for the Waco Police Department.

Police Negotiations:
Students will hear about different types of cases when negotiators are called out to a scene during barricades, hostage situations, suicide attempts, etc.

Family Violence:
Students will hear the types of cases that fall under the Family code. Violence against a family member or loved one, Victim’s Rights and the Law.

Crimes against Children:
Students will hear types of investigation on crimes against children.

Self Defensive Tactics:
Students will be given the opportunity to learn a few self defensive tactics techniques for personal safety.

Identity Theft:
Students will be given a class session on Identity Theft prevention and what to do if you are a victim.

To apply, fill out the online application.

Application (en espanol)

Please note: Applicants will be subjected to a background check prior to acceptance into the academy. Applicants must not have any criminal offenses to participate.

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