Texarkana Arkansas Police Department announces the 1st annual Citizen Police Academy


The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department announces the forthcoming 1st annual Citizen Police Academy.

The purpose of this eight week program is to give the public increased knowledge of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, breaking down the information into each unit of the department.

The program is divided into sessions which are composed of weekly classes meeting at the Texarkana Arkansas Police Headquarters located in the Bi-State Justice Center.

The type of instruction being given in these weekly classes is comprehensive, covering in depth different units within the department. Each week will cover a different unit. Some of the curriculum topics which will be discussed include; emergency communications, crisis intervention, human trafficking, robbery, and homicide, among others.



The first class otherwise known as Class A is set to commence on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the TAPD Training room, also located in the Bi-State Justice Building, at 100 North State Line Avenue.

Classes will be taking place every Tuesday night from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Graduation from the Citizen Police Academy, upon completion of this program will take place Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

According to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department “the goal is to educate the public about the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.”

In order to apply, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and possess no prior felony convictions. The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2015.

According to CPL Kristi Bennett applicants must live or work in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Applications are available at the Texarkana Arkansas Police Administration Officer or the Central Records and Communications window, these locations are both on the 3rd floor of the Bi-State Justice Center. Anyone wishing to apply can also call CPL Kristi Bennett at (903) 798-3187 or Kelly O’Neill at (903) 798-3067 to receive an application via e-mail.

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