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Locals Get Sneak Peek of Daily Cop Life with Citizens Police Academy

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a police officer? A group of about a dozen people participated in what is called a "Citizens Police Academy."

The goal is for the group to get a better understanding of how the police department works, but in order to do that, they'll be going through the same type of training as police officers receive.

"This is kind of a mini police academy; so they will go through firearms training, crime scene scenarios just like an officer would," Denise Pace with the Corpus Christi Police Department said.

The academy requires the group to spend one day out of the week for the next 11 weeks to go through the training.  

Police Chief Floyd Simpson addressed the group on their first day, saying he hopes to peak their interest so one day they can volunteer at the police department, something that could help address staffing levels.

"Really important for us, to the point in some occasions we have some sworn officers that will be doing administrative things, people like this can free them up on a volunteer basis and allow them to get back to the street," says Simpson.

"Neighbors  of ours have been doing this, they got us interested in this, thought it would be great, maybe help the community a little bit," Shirley Roberts, citizen volunteer, said.

This is the 41st class to go through the program.

If you want to join,  they still have room for this class.  
The only requirements are that you have to be over 18 years old and will go through a background check.

For an application, visit ccpolice.com