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DPPD opens registration for Citizens Police Academy

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

The Deer Park Police Department is offering citizens an inside view of the inner workings of the department, procedures, training and techniques. Through the Citizens Police Academy, interested persons can learn the whys, whens and hows of DPPD. The course begins in February.

Citizens can receive an inside look at functions of and within the Deer Park Police Department through the Citizens Police Academy.

Enrollment in CPA is free and is open to any person living, working or attending church or school in Deer Park over 18 years of age. Applicants must also be able to pass a routine background check.

This is the 37th installment of the Citizens Police Academy.

"It's for anyone who wants to see the inner workings of the department," said Sheila Plovanich, community liaison for DPPD. "Sometimes people see something happen and they want to know why it happened that way. The course is designed to answer those questions."

CPA is a top-to-bottom interactive curriculum which discusses and demonstrates many facets of the police operations including recruiting, training, CALEA accreditation, SWAT, weapons handling, self-defense, home safety, child safety, traffic stops, arrest and jailing procedures, emergency operations, dispatch operations, investigations and more.

"A lot of what we do is interactive, so it's not just talking about it. We will have some demonstrations that will include class participation," said Plovanich. "There's something for everyone who is interested in what we do."

Plovanich said officers and civilian employees participate in the academy and lead the demonstrations. This allows for participants to directly ask questions to the officer or civilian employee about certain facets of specific jobs and duties.

"Citizens Police Academy is all about strengthening our police and community partnerships," she said. "The more citizens know about how we operate, the stronger the relationship becomes."

To register for Citizens Police Academy, call Plovanich at 281-930-2118 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..