The Mesquite Police Departmentís Citizen Police Academy is a program designed to give the citizens of Mesquite a working knowledge of the Mesquite Police Department. The classes are three hours in length, one night a week, for a total of eleven weeks.
A primary objective of the academy is to build understanding between citizens and law enforcement officers who serve them. It is hoped that through the educational process, public awareness will be increased, suspicions and misconceptions dispelled, and finally, that a lasting rapport will be forged between law enforcement and the public.
After graduation from the academy, citizens become better prepared to cope with criminal incidents, are more willing to report crime, and realize the need to testify when they observe a crime.
Course topics are presented by volunteer officers who specialize in virtually every aspect of law enforcement including: personnel selection and training, penal code, use of force concepts, criminal investigations, crime scene investigation, accident investigation, traffic enforcement, building searches, community services, and firing range.
The Citizen Police Academy provides two-way communication between police officers and the community to eradicate barriers and improve the quality of life for all residents and businesses.
Next class will start in September 2013
the Mesquite Citizen Police Academy Application (PDF)