Class of­fers in­sight into how po­lice work

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — ERIN GREEN, BAS­TROP AD­VER­TISER

Those in­ter­ested in know­ing more about the work of the Bas­trop Po­lice De­part­ment are in­vited to take part in an up­com­ing Cit­i­zen’s Po­lice Academy class. Par­tic­i­pants meet once a week for seven weeks be­gin­ning Jan. 10 and fin­ish­ing Feb. 21.

Classes are held each Thurs­day from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cpl. Pre­ston Kyle of the de­part­ment’s com­mu­nity ser­vices unit said the pro­gram is de­signed to pro­vide those who live and work in Bas­trop an in­sider’s per­spec­tive on po­lice work.

“I think it gives peo­ple a chance to un­der­stand what we do and why we do it,” Kyle said. “It builds re­la­tion­ships be­tween us and the com­mu­nity at large. It’s just more of a per­sonal side of what we do. We’re not here to put peo­ple in jail, we’re here to sup­port the com­mu­nity.”

Par­tic­i­pants must be at least 18 years old, must live or work in Bas­trop County and must suc­cess­fully pass a back­ground check. Ap­pli­ca­tions are due by Jan. 5, and are avail­able at the Bas­trop Po­lice De­part­ment, 104 Grady Tuck Lane.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Kyle at 512-332-8608.

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