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Posted on: December 5, 2023

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work

A row of people at an outdoor shooting range fire guns

PHOTO #1: Residents participate in a shooting exercise at the Victoria Police Department firearms range during the 2019 Civilian Police Academy. Participants receive firearm safety training before visiting the shooting range.

The Victoria Police Department is now accepting applications for Civilian Police Academy #44. 

What is it? 

A uniformed police officer speaks to two people sitting in the front of a police carPHOTO #2: Residents participate in a simulated traffic stop during the 2020 Civilian Police Academy hosted by the Victoria Police Department.

The Civilian Police Academy is an 11-week program designed to give participants a behind-the-scenes look at the Victoria Police Department and experience police training firsthand. Sessions are held 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 20-April 30, with one Saturday morning session April 27 at a time to be determined.

How much does it cost?

The program is free thanks to the financial support of local businesses.

What to expect

PHOTO #3: Residents participate in a simulated building search at an abandoned building during the 2018 Civilian Police Academy hosted by the Victoria Police Department.

Law enforcement officials will teach attendees how their police department works through a combination of classroom lessons and hands-on simulations and experiences. Topics will include:

  • Two people aim plastic weapons into a dark roomBuilding searches
  • Firearm safety
  • Crime scene searches
  • Traffic stops
  • K-9 tactics
  • SWAT
  • And more

How to apply

Each class is limited to 20 students and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must be 18 years of age and must pass a background check. 

Applications can be picked up at the Community Engagement Office located in the Victoria Mall between Chick-Fil-A and Murdoch’s, or downloaded at www.victoriatx.gov/police

The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

For more information, contact Officer John Turner at 361-485-3811.

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