Citizens Police Academy
In the spring of 1992, the Fort Worth Police Department Training Division graduated 43 citizens from the first citizen training academy. The curriculum and teaching methods were similar to the traditional police academy, but the students were not police candidates. The class members were a cross-section of the Fort Worth community; i.e., homemakers, professional business persons, retirees and neighborhood watch members.
The first Police Night School was held in England in 1977 by the Devon and Cromwall Constabulary and met with immediate success. Citizens were anxious to learn operations of their police force which heretofore were obscure and private. Shortly afterward, the Orlando, Florida Police Department conducted the first Citizens Police Academy in the United States. The Orlando Citizens Police Academy was patterned after the English Police Night School. Since that time, other law enforcement agencies throughout the United States have developed and conducted various versions of the Citizen Police Academy.
Graduates of the Fort Worth Police Department Citizens Police Academy will not be commissioned law enforcement officers nor vigilantes. They will be more familiar with the operations of the Fort Worth Police Department and will gain a deeper understanding of the problems and policies facing Fort Worth Police Officers.
The training program consists of classroom and "hands on" instruction to provide the public with a working knowledge of the Fort Worth Police Department. Participants will meet for three hours once each week during the 8 to 12 week course. Instruction will be comprehensive, and each week a different area(s) of the police department will be covered, with each session facilitated by the officers and supervisors who work in that particular unit. Topics covered will include the officer use of firearms and deadly force options, criminal investigative skills, crime scene search, communications, narcotics, area gangs, specialized units, tactical operations and community involvement.
It is the goal of the Fort Worth Police Department that after you complete this program, you will have enough information to dispel any suspicions and misconceptions about the law enforcement role in our criminal justice system. We hope you will develop an appreciation for the Fort Worth Police Department as our community continues to grow and that you will educate others on what you have learned when the opportunity arises. After completion you will have the opportunity to engage in volunteer opportunities with FWPD as a Citizens Police Academy Alumni.
What type of projects do we have for volunteers?
Purpose: To help reduce and discourage criminal defacement of private and public property and make Fort Worth an even more beautiful community.
Duties: In this very visible role, you’ll attack graffiti by painting over it on structures large and small.
Time Frame: Typically a four-hour shift on one day.
Qualifications: No experience necessary. Must be at least 12 of age to participate with a supervised group, if you are younger you will need one-on-one supervision. Must wear closed-toed shoes. Must be able to stand, stoop, bend, reach, etc., for extended periods of time. This project is an outdoor activity. Great for individuals and groups.
Purpose: To outline creative designs that enhance the surrounding neighborhood with the purpose of reducing and discouraging criminal activity on private and public property and helping Fort Worth be an even more beautiful community.
Duties: In this artistically inclined role, you’ll first work on site by yourself creating an initial outline, which later will be filled in by a group of volunteer mural painters. You will also be on site when the volunteers are painting to oversee their work. Then you’ll have an opportunity to return after they finish to complete any necessary touchups to the final product.
Time Frame: Depending on the project paint date, you will have up to one week before that date to create the outline on the canvas, plus one day for the paint project and any additional hours for touchups, if necessary.
Qualifications: Skilled in creating an outline on small and large canvases, along with the ability to work with local volunteer groups of all ages and abilities and help direct them in panting a unique and inspired piece of community art. This project is an outdoor activity.
Purpose: To help reduce and discourage the criminal activity of vandalism. Minimizing defacement of private and public property (i.e., graffiti) also helps enhance Fort Worth and make it a more beautiful community.
Duties: You’ll make a lasting mark in this important role, where you’ll help paint in the lines of a mural created by a local artist.
Time Frame: One day.
Qualifications: No experience necessary. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Must be able to follow directions and stay within the lines drawn by the mural artist. This project is an outdoor activity. Great opportunity for groups. Age requirements will be posted with each mural date.
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This project also allows groups as well as individuals to paint over any vandalism to our City.
Police Department - Citizens on Patrol
Thank you for your interest in Citizens on Patrol (COP)
Citizens on Patrol volunteers act as additional "eyes and ears" for the Fort Worth Police Department, within neighborhoods. Citizens volunteer time to actively patrol their neighborhoods to watch for and report suspicious and/or criminal activity. They receive training involving vehicle, bicycle, and foot patrol and the use of their radio. Volunteers choose the days and times they wish to patrol and they adhere to no fixed schedule.
Police Department - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Computer Operator
- Damage Assessment
- Disaster Records & Reports
- Disaster Services
- EOC Assistance
- Medical - EMT
- Medical - LPN
- Medical - Other
- Medical - Paramedic
- Medical - RN
- Public Affairs
- Radio Operator
- Shelter Work
- Social Work
- Telephone Work
- Volunteer Reception Center