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Killeen Citizens Police Academy aims to educate the community about police duties

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -

The City of Killeen kicked off their 41st annual Citizens Police Academy on Tuesday. The Citizens Police Academy aims to give people in the community an inside look at what Killeen Police Officers do every day.

Officer Justin Carter said the daily duties of a Killeen Police officer are a lot different than what people see on TV.

"A lot of what the public sees is either what they read they see on the internet, movies things like that," Carter said.

Carter said unless people go through police training, they might never know that there's a lot more to being a police officer than what you think.

People can participate in the academy if they're at least 18 years old and can pass a background check.

CPA coordinator Tammy Moseley said that during this 12-week-program, people will learn include how officers use their weapons, what legal issues they have to deal with and what it's like to go out on patrol.

"We wanted to give the citizens a better understanding of how we operate and why we do the things that we do", Moseley said. 

Coordinators said hopefully this program gives participants a unique experience that helps them gain a new perspective no matter what age they are.

"We've also had senior citizens attend that want to learn more about their community and their police department they've lived here all of their life and they want to know how the police department functions and operates," Moseley said.

Each class accepts around 35 students and  this course is offered twice a year. To learn more information on how to sign up contact Tammy Moseley at 254-501-8805.

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