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Robinson Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.
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fourth class of the Robinson Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (RPDCPA) graduated
2012. 15 students were presented with a certificate of completion for
giving their time to complete the 10 week course. So what's holding YOU
back from joining the next RPDCPA?
2012 RPD Citizen Police Academy
Class #1 of the Robinson Police Department's Citizen Police Academy (RPDCPA) formed
the RCPAAA (Robinson Citizen Police Academy Alumni
Association) on April 10, 2008. For more information regarding the RCPAAA
Ok, so most of
what you know about the Robinson Police Department is what you've
experienced when you received a citation for speeding. Or maybe it was
that time your house was burglarized while you were away from home. Or
even worse, was it when something really tragic happened in your life.
What ever it was, you probably didn't get to see the real Robinson
Police Department. That is one reason the Citizen Police Academy was
designed. Read on...
- What is
the Citizen Police Academy?
The RPDCPA is a unique
learning experience conducted by the police department and designed
to give citizens a better understanding of the mission and
operations of their police department. The 11 week course consists
of one session per week and three hours per session. Participants
will be apprised of the basic information that all police officers
must know to perform their jobs and includes such topics as patrol
tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force,
communications, officer training, DWI procedures, family violence,
juvenile law, as well as many other interesting topics.
- Who may
The class is comprised of a
cross-section of citizens from the Robinson community. While each
class is different, it wouldn't be unusual to find doctors,
architects, homemakers, laborers, students, secretaries,
salespersons, and others enrolled in the Academy. The minimum age
for enrollment is 18 and you must live in or work in the City of
Robinson to be eligible to attend.
- The purpose!
The Robinson Citizen Police Academy was
created to bring a closer working relationship between the Robinson
Police Department and the citizens of Robinson. This community
relations program will allow local residents to learn the inner
workings of the Police Department while officers discover more about
the community, it's citizens and what the community's expectations
are in regard to law enforcement.
What does the
There is no fee
for attending the Citizen Police Academy. The only cost is the
students time to attend.
When and where do
the Academy classes meet?
All classes will
be held at the police department on Tuesdays in the spring and on
Thursdays in the fall. Classes begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and
about 9:30 p.m.
Two additional six (6) hours sessions will be held on Saturdays for
"hands on" exercises and attendance is optional. As part of the
academy, each student will ride at least once for a minimum of three
hours with an on-duty Police Officer. Scheduling will be discussed
further during the first Academy session. Students will also get to
sit in the dispatch area for a few hours.
plan to attend every session. However, should a student have a
conflict with a meeting date/time, up to three sessions (or 9 hours)
can be missed and the student will still graduate. Any student who
misses more than three sessions will not be allowed to graduate,
even though they may be allowed to attend all other sessions until
the end of the Academy.
Who are the instructors?
Officers and civilian employees of the
police department are chosen for their expertise in the topic being
taught. Some of the instructors have no formal training as
instructors but often are better able to teach the course than any
What do I do to
apply for the Academy?
Simply pick up an
application at the Robinson Police Department
or down load it
from this Web site (see below) and return it to the Citizen Police
Academy Manager at the police department. Since space is often
limited, applicants should return their applications as soon as
possible after deciding to attend the Academy. Anyone not selected
to attend the Academy due to space unavailability will be placed on
a waiting list for future Academy classes on a first come, first
served basis. Whether accepted to the Academy or not, you will
receive information on your application's status.
The Robinson Police Department has found that
education has been most effective in gaining understanding and
support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers
citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties
and how the department serves the community.
The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is
to foster better communication between citizens and police
through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of
well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police
practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their
knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity
arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding
of the role and function of their police department.
Instruction consists of one 3-hour class held
each week for a duration of eleven weeks. This instruction is
comprehensive, covering a different area of the Division of
Police each week. Certified police officers, supervisors, and
civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each
topic. Classes are limited to 15 citizen attendees.
All classes are free.
- Criminal Law
- Patrol Procedures
- Bike Patrol
- Criminal Investigations
- Defensive Tactics
- Firearms Training
- Tactical Traffic Stops
- And much more
Students will also have the option, on a
voluntary basis, to tour with a patrol officer, fire weapon at
the firing range, and observe the SWAT/SWAT practice.
Who may attend the Academy?
- Any interested citizen who resides or
works in or lives in Robinson is encouraged to attend.
Citizens involved with the Robinson community in some way,
such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and
neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy.
- Citizens 18 years of age or older.
When is the Academy?
The RPDCPA is held once a year in the Spring.
- Spring Session: February - May
at 6:30 p.m. Classes rotate between Tuesdays on odd numbered
years and Thursdays on even numbered years.
How do I apply to the Academy?
- Download Application by
clicking here (Acrobat Reader PDF File)
- An application may be mailed to you
by calling Officer Chris Lopez at 662-0525 or picked up at the
Robinson Police Department
ALL COURSES ARE FREE!