UPD Citizens Police Academy
The Texas State University Police Department (UPD) Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a thirteen week program designed to give the university community a working knowledge of the Texas State University Police Department. Each session consists of weekly classes that meet at the University Police Department. The instruction is comprehensive, each week different units within the department are covered.
The motto of the UPD Citizen Police Academy is “Serving through Education”. The goal is to educate the public and university community about the Texas State University Police Department and to increase the rapport between students, faculty, staff and police officers.
We hope the graduates of the Citizen Police Academy become more aware and better informed about how the University Police Department operates, and will encourage friends and coworkers to join the Texas State University Police Department in this rewarding program.
What is the UPD Citizen Police Academy?
The Texas State University Police Department Citizen Police Academy is a forty hour block of instruction over thirteen weeks held on every Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm designed to give the university community a working knowledge of the University Police Department’s officers, civilian staff and policy’s. It consists of a series of thirteen sessions held during each fall and spring semesters. The instruction is comprehensive, covering different facets of police work. Officers, supervisors and specialized personnel conduct each instructional session.
Who may attend the UPD Citizen Police Academy?
The Texas State University Police CPA is comprised of (current) students, faculty and staff members interested in University Policing. CPA applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must be a member of the Texas State University Community.
What is the Purpose of the UPD Citizen Police Academy?
One purpose of the UPD Citizen Police Academy is to bridge the gap between UPD and the community we serve and provide information to members of the university community so they may make informed decisions and judgments about the daily activities conducted by UPD Officers. The CPA will provide the opportunity to critically assess the intersection of the policing culture and cultural diversity, while reflecting on experiences and transferable skills as a police officer, student, citizen and leaders in higher education. Moreover, it will provide the opportunity to focus on the skills that require additional personal and professional development.
Secondly, it is hoped that the contact between the university students, faculty and staff members enrolled in this class and the police officers with whom they interact with during the course will enhance police attitudes and dispel any myths, misconceptions and poor perceptions which may have developed over time due to the constant exposure to the less desirable aspects of our community.
The third purpose of this academy is to make the students and police officers aware of how each group depends and relies on each other to produce public safety and security, as well as the high quality of service deserved by all students, faculty and staff members here at Texas State University. UPD will cultivate new ideas and methods gleaned for transforming Texas State, and foster a deeper understanding about law enforcement culture and how best to serve our diverse community.
What is expected of me as a student of the UPD Citizen Police Academy?
The academy is conducted in a relaxed and casual manner and environment. We ask you to enjoy your time with us while learning and engaging with trained professionals within the law enforcement community. We ask a commitment to attend all thirteen class sessions and the graduation ceremony. We encourage you to ask questions and discuss any issues on your mind. At the end of the academy we want to know your feedback on your experience. We want to make the academy even better for our future participants. For successful completion of this CPA attendance to 12 of the 13 sessions are required, as well as a background investigation for all applicants.
General information presented here is provided to acquaint you with the UPD Citizen Police Academy, and to provide answers to some of the questions you may have.
The academy class sessions meet on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the fall semester and spring semesters.
Classroom space is very limited, so register and reserve your spot today.
Thanks to the Merrick Endowment Fund and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, there are NO costs or fees associated with this program, just your desire to learn more about the police profession, Criminal Justice Systems and Texas State University.
Successful completion of the UPD Citizen Police Academy does not “license” or “certify” the participant to perform police or security duties.
What Topics are discussed at the UPD Citizen Police Academy?
UPD CPA Fall 2017 Semester Dates:
All classes will be 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm (except for Saturday Range Day)
Week 1- Tuesday August 29, 2017
Week 2- Tuesday September 5, 2017
Week 3- Tuesday September 12, 2017
Week 4- Tuesday September 19, 2017
Week 5- Tuesday September 26, 2017
Week 6- Tuesday October 3, 2017
Week 7- Tuesday October 10, 2017
Week 8- Tuesday October 17, 2017
Week 9- Saturday October 21, 2017 (Range Day)
Week 10- Tuesday October 24, 2017
Week 11- Tuesday October 31, 2017
Week 12- Tuesday November 7, 2017
Week 13- Tuesday November 14, 2017
Week 14- GRADUATION- Tuesday November 21, 2017
Enrollment for Fall 2017 is closed. Thank you for all the applications submitted. Those chosen for this semester have already been notified. If you were not selected for this class, we encourage you to apply for our upcoming spring session. Thanks for your interest!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Sergeant Rolando Belmares
State Certified Citizen’s Police
Texas State University Police Department
615 N. LBJ Dr. San Marcos, Texas 78666
“Serving through Education”
The mission of the Texas State University Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is to encourage and develop the relationship between the University Community and University Police Department through continuing education and achieving a safe and secure campus and environment where all students, faculty, and staff can learn, work, and live. To support the efforts of the Texas State University Police Department through advocating of continued law enforcement education, promoting special projects, events, and services that the Texas State University Police Department provides.