DENISON, Tex. -- If you have ever wanted to get a detailed look at your local police force, and you live in Denison, authorities are looking for you. Mystic Matthews has more on Denison’s upcoming Bi-Annual Citizen's Police Academy.
The citizen's police academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Denison Police Department. Lieutenant Mike Eppler says it also works as a two-way learning experience, teaching police what the public needs as well.
Organizers hope the program will soon be filled with participants learning the ins and outs of the department. The program is set to start March 25th and will run through June.
Eppler says citizens will spend a couple of hours on Tuesday evenings in the program, which will cover topics like criminal investigation, criminal law, firearms, as well as the different divisions that make up a police force.
Lieutenant Eppler says while 12 weeks seems like a long course, it goes by fast.
"It’s so much fun and so interesting. It’s really an eye-opening experience for people who attend. It doesn't seem like it’s anytime at all," Lt. Eppler says.
In order to go through the academy, you must be 21 years old, pass a criminal background check and have a clean driving record. You must also live or work in Denison.
To obtain an application, click here.