What is the Citizen Police Academy?The Citizen Police Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of what police officers do everyday. The popular program provides insight into the philosophy, internal values, and operations of the department. The academy’s slogan, “Understanding Through Education” expresses its ultimate goal: to improve the relationship and rapport between citizens and the Lewisville Police. The program also gives citizens the opportunity to interact with officers, ask questions, and express any concerns they might have. This two-way communication has proven to be an effective, successful way to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Citizen Police Academy. More information can be found at the Lewisville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association website.
Who is eligible to attend?
The class is made up of a cross section of the Lewisville community. You can apply if you are at least 18 years old and live or work in the City of Lewisville.
How much does it cost to attend?
There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy! However, the course does require a substantial time commitment from the student. During the 13-week program students will receive approximately 30 hours of instruction. Students will not be allowed to graduate if they miss more than three sessions.
Where are the classes held?
The academy is held each year in the Fall and meets on Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Training Room in the Lewisville Police Department. The Police Department is located at 1187 W. Main St. directly east of the City Hall Annex. Four Saturday sessions are scheduled during the course from at 8 a.m. until noon or later. Students will spend one day at the department's firing range, one day studying defensive tactics, one six-hour day attending defensive driving, and one six-hour day becoming certified to administer CPR. Class size is limited to 30 students. You may contact the Training Division at 972.219.3608 to inquire about the dates of the next session.
What is the curriculum at the Citizen Police Academy?
Topics of instruction include gang intervention, narcotics, child abuse investigations, K-9 program, Special Weapons and Tactics, and criminal investigations.
What is the benefit of attending the course?
After graduation students may wish to share their new knowledge with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in our community. Students will also become eligible to do “ride-alongs” with patrol officers. Graduates may join the CPA Alumni Association, and can be considered for participation in the COP (Citizen On Patrol) – the volunteer program managed by citizens that provide the police with extra eyes and ears through patrolling activities.
When is the next course?
Our current Citizen Police Academy began on August 8, 2019. We will begin accepting applications for our next class in the summer of 2020. Please check this page periodically for updates.
How do I apply?
Download the application and release form. The completed document can be mailed or emailed to Officer Alvin Bilby, Lewisville Police Dept, P.O. Box 299002, Lewisville, TX 75029-9002. Additional questions can be answered by Sergeant Bill Wawro, Training Sergeant for the Lewisville Police Department at 972.219.3608. Applications are also available at the Lewisville Police Department located at 1187 West Main Street.