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Citizens Police Academy

  1. We are now accepting applications for our next academy class. Class will start on September 7, 2023 and end on November 16, 2023. 

    The Richland Hills Police Department hosts a Citizens Police Academy (CPA) one to two times a year. During specified dates the Academy will be every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and will run approximately 11 weeks. Topics presented during the program include Traffic Stops, Impaired Drivers, K9, SWAT, Drone, Justice Systems and Case Processing, Crime Victim Assistance, Mental Health, Dispatch and Jail Tours, Crime Prevention Techniques, Simulator Scenarios, and much more.

    The goal of CPA is to educate citizens on the inner-working operations of the department. This is accomplished through a series of lectures and interactive hands-on activities. The CPA is led by the Community Services Unit, with all lectures and activities taught by Police Officers and Civilian Staff whose current assignments are directly involved in the policing activities covered in their segment of the academy. The CPA is conducted at the Richland Hills Police Department.

    The first step in the process is to complete this application. Submitted applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the status of their applications prior to the start of the next academy. 

    Individuals submitting applications must agree to the following terms and conditions:

    • Applicants must be 18 years or older, out of high school, live or work in Richland Hills and posses a valid Texas DL or ID card.
    • Individuals selected to participate in the Academy are expected to attend all sessions and to participate in class activities.
    • Applicants must be willing to commit to these attendance requirements for the entire duration of the program in order to successfully complete graduation requirements.
    • Participants may miss no more than three (3) classes for any reason during the term of the academy in order to be eligible for graduation.
    • Should circumstances cause a participant to miss more than three (3) classes; participants will be afforded the opportunity to make up missed classes in the next CPA after which they will be eligible for official graduation from that academy class.
    • Applicants will be subject to a criminal background inquiry before being accepted into the program.  Those having arrest and conviction histories that include a felony, a misdemeanor of violence or moral turpitude, etc. are not eligible to participate.
    • Photographs and/or video may be made of CPA activities and all applicants authorize the City of Richland Hills to use these photographs and/or video on any City media for any purpose the City deems appropriate.
    • The Chief of Police reserves the right to exclude any applicant from consideration whose participation is deemed not to be in the best interests of the Richland Hills Police Department and/or the applicant.
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  4. Do you have a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program in your neighborhood?*
  5. If you do not have a Neighborhood Watch Program in your neighborhood would you be interested in participation if one was developed?
  6. I have read and understand the conditions associated with this application and participation in the Richland Hills Police Department Citizen Police Academy.*
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