Members of Citizen’s Police Academy class #36 meet with Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman during a recent class meeting. (Photo courtesy of Pct. 4 Constable's Office)

HARRIS COUNTY — Constable Mark Herman and his staff welcomed participants of Precinct 4’s Citizen’s Police Academy class #36.

Herman gave an overview of the department to all attendees prior to treating them to a tour of the newly remodeled Cypresswood annex, which included the precinct’s patrol bureau, communications division and the department’s recently purchased rescue boats.

The department is currently accepting applications for the next one-night-a-week Citizen’s Police Academy scheduled for 2019. The academy is a nine-week-long program designed to give Harris County residents a working knowledge of the constable’s office, including police procedures and protocol.

Through the academy’s interactive courses, participants learn many aspects of law enforcement, such as the Texas Penal Code, patrol procedures, gang awareness, terrorism and other topics. Residents gain a better understanding of how police services are conducted in their communities and see how and why deputies make some of their decisions in the course of their duties.

CPA students are introduced to patrol functions, tele-communications, investigative divisions which include domestic violence, computer crimes, human trafficking, civil/warrants, and more. Students are also exposed to firearm simulator training and a variety of police tactics.

Individuals who wish to apply will be subject to a background check. Persons interested in attending may go online to complete the application online. For further assistance please contact the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office.

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