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Citizen Police Academy


The mission of the Texas State University Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy is to encourage and develop the relationship between the university community and the 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. The Citizen Police Academy supports the efforts of the Texas State University Police Department by advocating for continued law enforcement education and by promoting UPD’s special projects, events and services.

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Serving Through Education

UPD’s Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Texas State University Police Department. Each academy session consists of 13 weekly classes covering comprehensive topics about each department unit. Officers, supervisors and specialized personnel lead each class.

The motto of the Citizen Police Academy is “Serving through Education.” Our goal is to educate the Texas State community about the University Police Department and to increase the rapport between students, faculty, staff and police officers.

We hope that 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 participate in the academy as well.


How to Apply

The Citizen Police Academy occurs once each fall and spring semester. UPD will announce open registration periods through email. Follow the email instructions to apply for the program. Note that all applicants will have a background investigation. Classroom space is very limited — we recommend applying as soon as possible.

The Spring 2019 session is closed to additional applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • UPD’s Citizen Police Academy is open to current Texas State students, faculty and staff who are interested in university policing. CPA applicants must be at least 18 years old.

  • The main purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to connect UPD and the community we serve. The academy offers information to help make informed decisions and judgments about UPD’s daily activities. Further, the CPA provides the opportunity to critically assess the intersection of policing culture and cultural diversity, while reflecting on experiences and transferable skills as police officers, students, citizens and leaders in higher education.

    Secondly, we hope that the contact between students, faculty and staff in this program and the police officers who lead it will enhance officers’ attitudes and dispel any myths, misconceptions and poor perceptions which may come from their constant exposure to people in stressful situations.

    Finally, the academy strives to make participants and police officers aware of how each group relies on the other to ensure the safety that all students, faculty and staff at Texas State deserve. We hope that the CPA fosters a deeper understanding about how best to serve our diverse community.

  • The academy is conducted in a relaxed, casual manner and environment. We hope that you enjoy your time with us while learning and engaging with trained professionals from the law enforcement community.

    All applicants will have a background investigation.

    We ask you to commit to attending all 13 classes and the graduation ceremony. For successful completion of the CPA, attendance is required at 12 of the 13 classes. The academy meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University Police Department, with one Saturday range day.

    During the academy, we encourage you to ask questions and discuss any issues on your mind. At the end of the program, we want to know your feedback so that we can make the academy even better for future participants.

    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.

    • History of policing in America and on college campuses
    • Community-oriented policing on campus
    • Police K-9 and SWAT training
    • Civilian active shooter response training
    • Crime prevention and the criminal justice system
    • Personal safety education and Krav Maga self-defense
    • Taser training
    • Patrol procedures and traffic stops
    • Mental health crisis intervention
    • Firearms training
    • Drug and alcohol awareness
    • CPR and basic first aid and 911 communications
    • Crime scene investigations
    • Building searches
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation overview by FBI agents

    …and more

If you have any questions about CPA, please contact Sergeant Chris Cost, Academy Coordinator, at or 512.245.2805.

All classes are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. (except for one Saturday range day).

Week 1: Tuesday, February 5

Week 2: Tuesday, February 12

Week 3: Tuesday, February 19

Week 4: Tuesday, February 26

Week 5: Tuesday, March 5

Week 6: Tuesday, March 12

Week 7: Tuesday, March 26

Week 8: Tuesday, April 2

Week 9: Saturday, April 6 (range day)

Week 10: Tuesday, April 9

Week 11: Tuesday, April 16

Week 12: Tuesday, April 23

Week 13: Tuesday, April 30

Week 14: Graduation, May 7