There are many volunteer and educational opportunities offered by Fort Bend County for those citizens who want to learn more about public safety and emergency management. The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, for example. The County’s Health and Human Services Department offers Medical Reserve Corps (MRD) training.
And the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office offers training at its Citizens Police Academy. The following article was printed in InstantnewsKaty.com. The article was published on February 5, 2010 and was written by John Pape. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Police Academy. The academy consists of 11 sessions held on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7 – 9:30 p.m. The sessions begin March 11.
Everything needed for the course is supplied to students at no cost. Classes will take place at the new Gus George Law Enforcement Academy at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, directly across the street from the main complex of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in Richmond.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy is intended for members of the community wanting to become more informed on law enforcement issues. Those contemplating a career in law enforcement are also welcome to attend. The course is designed to teach members of the community firsthand about the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and its operations. The focus of the program is to provide an overview, through course work and practical hands-on experience, of the sheriff’s office and the Fort Bend County criminal justice system.
Participants will have an opportunity to tour the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in its entirety, as well as learn the workings of each of the department’s divisions, including patrol, criminal investigations, detention, 911 emergency communications center, law enforcement training and narcotics and dangerous drug enforcement. “In completion of this program, graduates will have gained a better understanding of the policies and procedures of the sheriff’s office, as well as the approach taken to provide law enforcement services to our Fort Bend County communities,” FBSO Public Information Officer Terriann Carlson said. “Graduates will also be extended an opportunity to participate in a ride-along session with a patrol deputy.”
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and not have a criminal arrest record. Those interested in enrolling or needing additional information can contact the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy at 281-341-4780 or visit the academy in person during regular business hours.