Lucky 13.That’s what organizers of the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (WCPAAA) said it was of their 13th Annual Raffle Night and Casino fundraiser.The event, which takes place every February at the Senior Center in Weatherford, saw throngs of people enjoying themselves, and for a good cause, at the blackjack tables, playing craps, roulette, bingo as well as Texas Hold’em on Saturday.Funds from the event are used in accordance to the non-profit by-laws of the group, which is in a manner that supports the Weatherford Police Department, according to Chris Hummel, president of the WCPAAA.“The economy may be tough, but numerous business people have stepped up to make this years event possible by sponsoring tables, donating items and money that made this even enjoyable for everyone,” Hummel said.Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning praised the Association for their efforts.“The Weatherford Citizens Police Academy Alumni Associations is a group of volunteers that contribute countless volunteer hours to the community,” Manning said. “The group responds at all hours of the day and night to provide support to the police department in many ways, including traffic control during major events, missing person searches, patrols of the community and others.”He added that the group also raises funds each year that are funneled back to the department for needed equipment and training opportunities. “The group has in the past purchased an ATV, speed-monitoring equipment, safety equipment such as extra emergency light for motor cycle officers and safety vests,” he added. “Members of the group do child fingerprinting, participate in safety fairs and a multitude of other events that free up officers to be on the street to respond to citizen calls for service.”Manning said that the Casino night is the largest fundraiser for the group each year and was a “great time for citizens to come out and participate in a fun event for a great cause.” History of the WCPAAAWeatherford Police Department began offering a Citizen Police Academy in 1992. Graduates of the first Academy expressed an interest in an ongoing program of instruction and support. In January 1995, 18 graduates of previous academies became charter members of the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (WCPAAA). Purpose of WCPAAAThe purpose of this organization is not only to promote a positive image of law enforcement, but also support and assist the Weatherford Police Department when requested.
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