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Fort Bend County Offers Popular Citizens Police Academy


September 21, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Fort Bend County residents have the unique opportunity to learn more about local law enforcement in the Citizens Police Academy. Due to increased interest, the sheriff’s office will now host two classes per session and offer this special program twice a year.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy is designed to educate residents about local law enforcement. This program is also beneficial for anyone contemplating a career in the law enforcement field.

A Behind the Scenes Look

“The Citizens Police Academy provides a behind-the-scenes look at every facet of the Sheriff’s office,” says Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls.

“Attending a citizen's academy is not only the best way to learn about all aspects of your local department, but it allows citizens to form relationships with their local law enforcement officers that strengthens the safety of their community,” says Sheryl Slot, who attended the academy.

The academy has become so popular over the years that they offer two sessions, one on Tuesdays and another on Thursdays. The academy is held twice a year.

Participants must be at least 18 years old because of the candid nature of the class.

September 27 Deadline

Admission is considered on a first-come-first-served basis and only 25 students are admitted per class. A criminal history report may be generated prior to admission and final acceptance is at the discretion of the Sheriff.

The deadline to register for the Citizens Police Academy is September 27.

Classes begin October 6 and 8. Another academy will be offered in the spring.


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