Mineral Wells Citizen Police Academy

What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Mineral Wells Police Department has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.

Course Description

Instruction consists of one 2-hour class held each week for a duration of twelve weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of Police work each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will teach each topic. Classes are limited to 25 citizen attendees. All classes are free.

Course Curriculum
Criminal LawCriminal Investigations
Recruitment/TrainingCrime Scene Processing
Patrol ProceduresFamily Abuse/Juvenile Procedures
Narcotics InvestigationsCommunity Services
K-9/Traffic UnitCrime Stoppers
Emergency ResponseFirearms Training
CommunicationsTraffic Stops

A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations will provide an opportunity for a unique "hands-on" learning experience. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to ride-a-long with a patrol officer, and take a tour of the Palo Pinto County Detention Center.