Citizens Police Academy Starts Next Month

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a police officer, here's your chance to find out.

The Lufkin Police Department is now taking applications for the 24th Citizen's Police Academy. The academy starts next month at Lufkin City Hall.

During the 11-week training, citizens will get an inside look at the responsibilities and duties of police officers. Gangs, school-based programs, and patrol procedures are just a few topics you can learn about.

Lt. Harold Cottle said, "It allows the citizens to become users of the police department. They know what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. They know exactly which part of the department to access and what to expect from our department."

Applicants must be at least 21 and live or work in the City of Lufkin. They'll also need to pass a background check.

The application deadline is September 1st. The academy starts September 12th. The 33-hour course will be held once a week from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at city hall.