Want to discover firsthand what it takes to be a police officer, get to know your beat officer and learn more about criminal investigation? Find out by signing up for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy and learn about traffic laws, crime scene investigation and how the Safe Light Sugar Land program has resulted in a 15 percent reduction in red light violations.
The 10-week course begins Feb. 28. Students meet once a week from 7-10 p.m., including weekend courses that include firearm simulations, mock building searches and simulated traffic stops.
While learning about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system and emergency management, participants personally interact with officers, detectives and other personnel in a nontraditional law enforcement setting.
The training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction designed to provide interested Sugar Land citizens with a working knowledge of the Sugar Land Police Department, its personnel and emergency management operations.
The class is offered free of charge to Sugar Land residents and people who work in Sugar Land. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 10.