Citizen Police Academy to begin Jan. 19, 2011

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Terry Dove, chief of police in Aledo told the Aledo City Council Monday, Nov. 15, that he plans to hold a Citizen Police Academy, something he did successfully when he worked in California.

The Aledo Police Department is hosting its first Citizen Police Academy, an eight-week course designed to educate citizens on law enforcement operations and the criminal justice system in the community. The program will also provide a venue for the police and citizens to share information and promote understanding between citizens and police officers regarding their respective concerns.

The weekly sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Aledo City Hall Council Chambers. Some areas of training include patrol operations, traffic, DUI, narcotics, investigations, crime scene, criminal justice process and firearms.

There is no cost involved to participants of the program. The Academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who reside, work or go to school in Aledo. Applicants must not have a felony conviction and no arrests within the past two years.

Applications can be picked up at the Aledo Police Department or Aledo City Hall.