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Citizen's Police Academy taking applications

Citizens Police Academy class
(Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen talks to a class of Citizen's Police Academy participants)

Applications are available for the Citizen's Police Academy for the upcoming fall season.

The course is designed to introduce citizens to the various squads and divisions that encompass the Tulsa Police Department. Relevant topics such as the use of force, firearms training, pursuit driving, and criminal and narcotic investigations are part of the curriculum. The CPA is taught by veteran Tulsa Police Officers who will discuss the challenges of policing a large, diverse, and urban center. It provides an opportunity for citizens to interact with officers in an educational environment to foster the understanding and mutual respect that is necessary to build a safer community for all.

The classes will be scheduled for every Tuesday evening starting Sept. 12 through Dec. 12. They're free to citizens who live, work or go to school in Tulsa.

Due to the sensitive nature of portions of the curriculum, a criminal background check is part of application process. There is no law enforcement authority or law enforcement credentials conveyed to any citizen who completes the program. It is adult education designed not only to teach but to make the process fun and interesting.

Applications can be found here.

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