The Roxboro Police Department is hosting its 12th session of the Citizens Police Academy beginning Thursday, Sept.19. Classes will be from 6 - 9 p.m. each Thursday night.
The Citizens Police Academy for Roxboro Police Department was created by (now retired) Capt. Tony Kirby as a means to foster community involvement with law enforcement and to educate people on all aspects of what police do on a daily basis. This 11-week program is designed to give participants a more in-depth look at administration, patrol operations, criminal investigations, gang awareness, firearms safety, 911/communications, and Person County courthouse/jail tours. The event culminates in week 12 with a graduation dinner for all participants.
In the course of the past 11 sessions of the CPA more than 200 citizens of Roxboro and Person County graduated from this academy. Many of those graduates are active participants in our CPA Alumni Group which partners with us in community events, provides meals for the current CPA sessions and special events, and helps secure funding for special projects (such as new uniforms for our Honor Guard, entry fees for our PAAL youth sports teams, etc.) The current President of the CPA Alumni is Renee Suitt Dickerson.
Sir Francis Bacon stated in 1597 that “knowledge is power” and explained his reasoning for that statement by going on to say that, by gaining understanding, we can gain an advantage in our interactions. Members of the Police Department believe that offering citizens the chance to become truly knowledgeable in regards to the functions of the various divisions in our department has been empowering to most, if not all, of our graduates. Each session, there is at least one participant who enters the program with a less than positive perception of law enforcement; upon completion of the program (and often times after only a few weeks), these participants will state that they never realized how many positive things the department does or what struggles/trials officers face on a daily basis. The knowledge and awareness they gain during the CPA then filters back into their communities where police begin to see a difference in the interaction between law enforcement and others that the graduates come in contact with.
Those wishing to participate in a CPA session can complete an application and return it to the police department. There is no cost to attend the academy and any resident of Roxboro or Person County is welcome to apply. Seating is limited and applicants are accepted in the order that applications are received. If spaces fill up for the current session, those that could not attend due to the class being full will be contacted the following year to be offered the first spaces in that session.
For more information or questions about attendance, contact the class coordinator, Sgt. Ryne Ford at 336-322-6051. Applications are available at the front desk of the Police Department, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.