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January 7, 2013

Citizen’s Academy to return

Corsicana — The free 11-week Citizen’s Police Academy course will get underway at 6 p.m. March 21 at the Corsicana Police Department. It will conclude with a graduation ceremony on May 30.

The academy includes instruction on patrol operations, strategies for policing, alcohol and drug laws, investigations, Internal Affairs, traffic policing, use of force, firearms and Taser exercises at the firing range, local courts, a tour of the jail, and a ride-along with a police officer.

Class size is limited to 25 people. Applicants must be 18 years old and either live or work in Corsicana.

Last year’s classes were canceled because of low participation, explained Police Chief Randy Bratton.

“We didn’t have enough people sign up,” he said. “We really need about 15, and we only had about 10,” Bratton said. “We had it the year before, though, and then we had 25 people in the class.”

Letters informing residents of the opportunity will also be sent out through January utility bills.

“This year we’re going to be hosting it in our newly built patrol room, so we’re hoping that will be a more enticing setting than the library, right in the nerve center,” Bratton said.

Applications may be obtained from Shirley Morgan, secretary to the Chief of Police. She can be contacted at (903) 654-4900, in person at the Corsicana Police Department, 200 N. 12th Street, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by email at smorgan@ci.corsicana.tx.us. Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. March 1.   

All applications will be closely reviewed prior to acceptance into the academy and the police department may not approve all applications. Questions about the police academy can be directed to coordinator Officer James Hudson at (903) 654-4900 for assistance.

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