Citizen’s Police Academy

LIBERTY, December 30, 2013 - Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader and District Attorney Logan Pickett and their respective offices will be sponsoring an upcoming FREE “Citizen’s Police Academy” to begin in early February of 2014. After graduation from this Academy class, students can then become “Alumni” members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association ( CPAAA ) and work with various law enforcement agencies, fire departments and/or other emergency organizations in a volunteer non-front line position.


Applicants who apply must be at least eighteen (18) years of age but there are no upper age nor physical limitations. The class will be limited to no more than thirty (30) students.

Applications and a Volunteer Agreement for this academy class can be obtained from the President of the CPAAA, Faye Cutsinger, by calling her number of (936) 336-7674 or Sheriff Department’s employee, Vita O’Reilly at (936) 402-3209. Applicants can also pick up an application packet from the Sheriff Department’s dispatcher located at 2400 Beaumont Ave. in the City of Liberty.

The application and volunteer agreement from which a criminal history check will be conducted, MUST be turned in by the dead line of Friday, January 24th, 2014.


A law enforcement agency cannot be effective without the trust and support of its citizens. The Citizen Police Academy program builds that trust. It provides a bridge between the Officer in the car and the citizen in the field. Citizens who complete the program understand what the law enforcement agency or District Attorney’s office does as opposed to what is seen on television. Citizens gain an appreciation of problems and challenges facing those offices and, thus, become “goodwill ambassadors” in the community.
After graduation from the academy, students can then join the “Alumni Association” and began doing volunteer work in the agencies that request their services.


The Citizen Police Academy is a FREE thirteen (13) week academy consisting of ONE (1) THREE (3) hour class on Thursday evenings from 6:pm to 9:pm for a total of thirty-nine (39) hours. Classes will be held in the Training Division class room located in the Jail Administration Building immediately next door to the Sheriff’s Office on Beaumont Ave.

Once all applications volunteer agreement(s) have been received and processed, the applicants will be notified of the actual starting date in early February, 2014.


The topics include, among many others, Texas Penal Code, criminal investigations, search and seizure, traffic law enforcement, conflict resolution, warrant service, narcotics investigation, dispatching/communications, news media relations, search and recovery, F.B.I general investigations and much more. The classes are as “hands on” as possible and will include students conducting a simulated homicide investigation using the proper investigative techniques and rules of evidence as required by law.


The speakers will be State certified Instructors drawn from various law enforcement agencies as well as the District Attorney’s Office. Outside instructors will also be brought in to share their expertise from fire departments, judges and others that CPAAA members will work closely with from time to time.

All citizens are encouraged and are welcome to participate in this program as we are sure you will find it most worthwhile.


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