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Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

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Lakeway police are reporting high enrollment for their popular Citizens Police Academy.
 
 
The 2018 program will be a 30-hour block of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of law enforcement and the department’s policies and operational practices.
 
Classes will begin Feb. 21, and graduation will be May 9.
 
The academy will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks at the Lakeway City Hall auditorium, 1102 Lohmans Crossing, to cover a different area of police work each week. Police officers, their supervisors and civilian personnel with particular expertise in a specific organizational function will conduct each instructional block.
 
The primary objective of the Lakeway Citizens Police Academy is to build a better understanding between citizens and the police department through education.
 
The program was created to help citizens make informed decisions about police services, police activity and why the police can or cannot take action.
 
Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford said that he hopes that the academy will increase public awareness, dispel suspicions and misconceptions about police actions. The police department benefits by becoming more aware of the community from the participants’ interaction and input, which makes the academy a two-way learning experience.
 
“The Citizens Police Academy is an integral component of Lakeway Police Department’s community policing programs,” Radford said. “The growth in enrollment each year and the positive interaction between our officers and students reinforce the city’s and the department’s commitment to the academy each year.”
 
Participants must submit an application and consent to a background check. All applicants must be at least 21 years old and either reside or work within the city of Lakeway. Applicants who are on probation, or who have been convicted of felonies or crimes involving moral turpitude are ineligible.
 
Class size is limited to 50 people, all of whom must have passed the applicant background check. The academy is free of charge.  Students must attend at least 80 percent of the classes in order to graduate.
 
Graduates are eligible to apply for membership to the Lakeway Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
 
“Many academy graduates continue to serve the community in the Alumni Association and Lakeway Police Foundation,” Radford said. “We are grateful for their assistance, especially at events such as Lakeway’s Fourth of July parade.”
 
Applications are available at Lakeway Police Department, 104 Cross Creek, or on the city’s website at www.lakeway-tx.gov/police.
 

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