Missouri City holding Police, Fire Academy May 10

Missouri City invites residents to join the Annual Citizens’ Police and Fire Academy for 2016.

The program offers a behind-the-scenes view of the dangers firefighters and police officers face on the job. Classes begin on May 10.

The free, seven-week program is for individuals who are at least 18 years of age and either live or work in Missouri City. Interested residents could apply online on the city website or pick up an application at the following locations:

Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Road.

Police Mini Station, 1703-A Texas Pkwy.

City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy.

Classes will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Missouri City Public Safety Headquarters for Police Department presentations, and in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located adjacent to the police department, for the fire department presentations.

The academy is an opportunity for Missouri City residents to learn more about the daily operations of the police department and fire and rescue services. The program reviews the different types of crimes officers are confronted with on a daily basis and also provides an overview of the training police officers and firefighters undergo. The cadets will experience building searches for armed suspects, conduct traffic stops, and participate in many other hands-on activities.

Members will also receive instruction in traffic laws, criminal law and crime scene investigations; learn about the principles of CPR; experience firearms training in a simulator; view a staged SWAT operation, a live fire demonstration; a motor vehicle extrication using the Jaws of Life and a dive rescue team demonstration.

After completing the academy, members will be eligible to join the Missouri City Police and Fire Auxiliary and/or the Citizen’s Response Team, both of which provide support to local police officers and firefighters. Graduates of the program will enjoy a homemade spaghetti dinner on June 23, as a courtesy of the Police/Fire Auxiliary.

For more information, call Administrative Sgt. Phillip Englishbee at 281-403-5807 or email english@missouricitytx.gov.

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