Liberty County Graduates Citizen Police Academy
LIBERTY, May 9, 2014 - Class #24, the first Liberty County Citizen Police Academy class since 1999 graduated twenty-nine members Thursday night after a 13 week long orientation school on various functions of law enforcement, fire departments and other related public service agencies. This CPA class was sponsored by Sheriff Bobby Rader and District Attorney Logan Pickett. The CPA Alumni members will be used in non-front line positions to assist any public service agency throughout Liberty County upon their request. The CPA Alumni organization is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit group and will function on public donations and possible grants, among other things, to provide services and equipment to public service agencies that cannot purchase certain items which are critical to the operation of their respective departments.
The Citizen Police Academy members, all of which underwent a criminal history background check prior to being accepted into the class, will have no arrest powers, but some assignments which they will be involved will require additional specialized training…such as calling people who are wanted on outstanding warrants from a law enforcement agency to writing handicap parking violation citations around shopping centers and other public commercial establishments. These type assignments, as well as many others, will result in additional manpower support to governmental agencies throughout Liberty County with no cost to the tax payers.
Citizen Police Academies were first established in the United Kingdom in 1977 and first utilized in America in 1985. The primary objectives are to familiarize citizens with the day-to- day operations of public service agencies which, in effect, allow the class members to become “Ambassadors” for the agencies and to have a deeper understanding of the operations, methods and legalistic realities of Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting, Emergency Management Services, District Attorney’s Office and many other aspects of public service.
The structure of the Liberty County CPA Alumni organization will function under a Liaison Officer of the Sheriff’s Department who will, in turn, forward requests for the services of the CPA Alumni members to Ms. Faye Cutsinger, President of the county’s Alumni organization. Ms. Cutsinger is a 16-year Veteran of the local and State CPA Alumni Association and is very well versed in all aspects of the recruitment, training and utilization of the Alumni members for their public service efforts.
The response was so good for this academy class that other citizens have since contacted the Sheriff’s Department asking about the possibility of another class in the near future. As a result of this wide spread interest, Sheriff Rader and District Attorney Pickett have already committed to co-sponsor another Citizen Police Academy class sometime in the fall and this academy class will be held on the north end of the county.
Anyone interested in attending the next Citizen Police Academy class is urged to call CPAAA President Faye Cutsinger at (936) 336-7674 or Sheriff’s Secretary Ms. Shirley Jackson at (936) 336-4509 or Sheriff’s assistant Ms. Vita O’Reilly at (936) 336-4522 and leave their name and contact information with them. When the next CPA class is scheduled, these citizens will be contacted to begin the application process for the next academy class.
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