The Willow Park Police Department will be holding its first ever Citizens Police Academy next month and is now accepting applications.

“It was started to begin more collaboration and involvement with the community of Willow Park and the surrounding communities. Community policing is essential in today’s law enforcement and this is a way for others to learn and see first hand what we do as a police department,” WP Police Captain Daniel Franklin said. “Many citizens do not know what police officers go through on a daily basis or what exactly we do other than traffic enforcement. The academy is a way to educate the community on the department’s goals and to show what we do and, in some cases, how we do things.”

The CPA will begin on March 21 and is a 10-week long program.

“The academy will go over law, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, fire investigations, DWI investigations, crime scene work and more,” Franklin said. “Our goal of starting the academy is to continue it each year. The department is looking into starting ride-alongs and graduates of the academy will have the option of being involved in these ride-alongs. 

“The CPA will grow in time and the department will look into adding an advanced academy that will lead into citizens assisting officers during special events and in needed locations on a volunteer basis. This is a great way for the community to get to know the department more and become more involved in what the Willow Park Police Department provides.”

An application must be submitted in order to be considered and a background check will be conducted. Anyone over the age of 18 who resides in the East Parker County area can apply. 

“The Citizens Police Academy is a vital aspect of community relations,” WP Police Chief Carrie West said. “We are excited to launch this program and look forward to a successful and informative exchange of information.”

To fill out an application visit www.willowpark.org and for additional information contact Franklin at dfranklin@willowpark.org or call 817-441-9747 during business hours. 

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