FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) – The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications to attend the Citizens Police Academy sessions this spring.
The program had 31 participants in the fall session, which concluded in November.
Sheriff Troy Nehls has decided to increase the Spring sessions to accommodate two groups, one meeting on Tuesdays and the other meeting on Thursdays. The initial sessions will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Thursday, Jan. 24. Both classes conclude on April 18.
The program consists of 11 2 ½-hour courses held consecutively on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 18, 2018 and concluding on April 12, 2018.
Everything needed for the course is supplied free of charge and will take place at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, directly across the street from the main complex of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy is intended for members of the community seeking to become more informed on law enforcement issues as well as those contemplating a career in the field. The deadline to register is Dec. 31 and participants must indicate on the application which day they will start.
The focus of the program is to provide an overview through course work and practical hands-on experience of the criminal justice system and the operations and various functions of the Sheriff’s Office from top to bottom.
Participants will have an opportunity to tour the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in its entirety as well as learn the workings of each of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Divisions, including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Detention, 911 Emergency Communications Center, Law Enforcement Training and Narcotics and dangerous drug enforcement. Graduates will be able to participate in a ride-along session with a patrol deputy.
To apply, applicants must be 18 years of age and must not have a criminal arrest record. Those interested in enrolling in the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy may download an application available by utilizing the link below:
Registration form is available online and must submit it via email, if at all possible, to SOCP@fortbendcountytx.gov. Here is the link to the registration form (https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/government/departments/administration-of-justice/sheriff-s-office/community-services/citizens-police-academy).
Applications should be emailed or faxed to Deputy Gerard Argao: email@example.com, or 281-238-1532. For additional information, contact Deputy Gerard Argao at 281-238-1536.