Citizens Police Academy

Citizens Police Academy Alumni

Citizens on Patrol

Crime prevention

Crime statistics

Cop photos and humor


A police agency cannot be effective without the trust of its citizens. The Citizens Police Academy program builds that trust. It provides a bridge between the officer in the car and the citizens.
Citizens who complete the program understand what the police department does as opposed to what is seen on TV. Citizens gain an appreciation of problems and challenges facing law enforcement. These citizens then become the police department's "goodwill ambassadors" in the community. Graduates can then take the Citizens On Patrol course.

Sgt Brian O'Heren

The Citizens Police Academy begins in June each year at the Burleson Police Department,225 W. Renfro St. The academy currently meets every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. The class size is limited to 25 students. An application, waiver and consent for criminal history check are required and you must be 18 years of age.

At the end of the series of classes you will ride a shift with a patrol officer who explains all about patrolling. Those who complete the course receive a certificate.

For more information contact
Sgt. Brian O'Heren is the Coordinator for CPA/COPS
Burleson Police Department Traffic Section
817-426-9881 (voice) 225 W. Renfro St. Burleson, TX 76028


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Building search procedure
Crime scene investigation
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Evidence and property
Home security tips
Internal affairs
Municipal court procedures
Officer Accreditation
Officer recruiting
Penal code
Police officer training
Records management
School resource officer
Special crimes unit
SWAT procedures
Traffic enforcement
Traffic stop scenarios
Use of force
Victim assistance


A mock crime scene is created in a yellow house next door to the PD. In the house is a murder victim, dead, shot, blood on the wall, with scanty evidence scattered around. How do you solve it? The CPA members work in teams. They interrogate a police officer, bystanders, and use the police computer to find answers to clues. Can they find the murderer? You have to be there to know.
Oh! We did not use a real person. The victim is a mannequin.

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How police approach a vehicle, tag vehicle, examine interior, and request documents. CPA class takes part in activities and learn what an officer has to know when approaching a vehicle.

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The class meets at a local high school and is instructed on how police do building searches. They have plastic guns and flashlights. Police officers show how two or three officers enter a room, check behind doors, and clear areas systematically.
At first the rooms are lighted, then the lights are off. Is there a Bad Guy behind a door? Do they make an arrest? What happens behind those closed doors and in tight places is anybodies guess. Could you find the Bad Guy?

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by Derald Freeman, Burleson, TX.
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