Citizen Information and Resources
Clute Police Department offers various courses and training to the community. You can find information about upcoming events below. If you need any additional information regarding these events please contact Belinda Rickman, Public Information/Crime Prevention Officer.
Belinda Rickman - Public Information/Crime Prevention Officer
(979)265-6194 Ext. 113
Citizens Police Academy
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Documents: Course Application
Description: The Citizens Police Academy is a 24-hour block of instruction designed to give the public working knowledge of the Clute PoliceDepartment. The course consists of a series of six classes held on Tuesday nights and two Saturday classes for three hours each. Each class different topics will be covered by police personnel and supervisors assigned to the different units of the department.
In class we will be covering such diverse topics as training, communications, criminal investigation, narcotics, with a particular emphasis on patrol, the area most often in contact with the public. Instruction will consist of lectures, demonstrations, tours, and hands on practice. Each participant will also be given the opportunity to ride with a patrol officer during an actual tour of duty. Chief Wicker will be available at the first session and he or a member of his staff will be available through the course should participants need clarification or further information.
The members of each class represent a cross-section of the Clute community. Classes consist of up to 12 citizens including homemakers, businessmen and women, students, retirees, and members of various board and committees who either live or work in the City of Clute. Guidance from each class is used in structuring the content of future citizen academies in hopes that the course will continue to be improved each year.
The goal of the academy is to provide interested citizens with enough information to dispel suspicions and misconceptions about the police and to increase rapport between the department and the community through an education process. We believe that officers will in turn become more aware of the public's feelings and concerns. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to personally meet and talk with many officers through the department while providing our officers the chance to meet man concerned citizens representing a wide variety of community interests.
We hope the graduates of the CPA will take their new knowledge out into the community, educate others when opportunities arise and make decisions, which affect the Police Department and the city with a heightened awareness and improved knowledge.