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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a police officer in the Crossroads?

In the last few days, we've covered two news stories about several young teens in our community that have been arrested for crimes like stealing from convenience stores and driving stolen vehicles.

Incidents and arrests like these might make you wonder about crime in our community and what it must be like to be a police officer these days, especially in Victoria and surrounding counties.

You can learn exactly what life is like for an officer of the law in the Crossroads.

The Victoria Police Department offers classes to teach civilians in our community exactly what it means to be an officer of the law in Victoria, and you are invited to learn the ins and outs at the FREE Civilian Police Academy.

Civilian Police Academy offers hands-on experience of police work in Victoria

Classes for the 2022 Civilian Police Academy, a program that teaches Crossroads residents about different areas of police work through hands-on activities and demonstrations. start on Tuesday evenings 6-9 p.m. from Feb. 8 to April 26 with a break March 13 for the spring break holiday.

There are also two important Saturday morning sessions in April with those dates to be determined.

Officer Turner who is a frequently welcomed guest to our station offers that the 2022 Civilian Police Academy is designed specifically to include, "as many different areas of the department as possible,” further offering that,  “Our past participants have found the format to be entertaining and informative.

What will civilians who attend the courses learn?

According to the City of Victoria Civic Alert page which you can view here, activities during the 2022 academy include:

Victoria Civilian Police Academy

If this is something you are interested in, you can apply for the academy by stopping by the Police station inside Victoria Mall ( next to Chick Fil A) to fill out an application and ask any questions you might have. You can also contact Victoria Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit at 361-485-3808. Applications are due February 1st. 

On a side note, did you know that every officer at the Victoria Police Department carries their own " trading cards" that you can collect? Yep, just another way the Victoria Police Department offers an opportunity to get to know them better. 

Collect them all! Photo TSM
Collect them all!
Photo TSM
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