Courses to teach community involvement, safety

01/13/2014 2:28 PM

01/13/2014 2:29 PM

Two programs, the Community Emergency Response class and the Citizen Police Academy, are starting up and will help teach Keller residents how to save a life and experience a day in the life of those who serve the community.

The Citizen Police Academy is currently taking applications through Jan. 17 for residents age 21 and older to experience life as a Keller police officer. The course is a pre-requisite for the Volunteers in Policing unit, which starts Jan. 28.

According to the program website, the academy was created to increase communication between citizens and law enforcement and to reduce any fears or misconceptions between community members and professionals.

Topics studied will include criminal law, traffic enforcement, arrest tactics, building searches and more.

Applicants must live within the Keller city limits and have no record of a felony arrest.

The Community Emergency Response class starts Feb. 11 and is needed to become a member of the emergency response team. The class teaches utility management for putting out small fires, controlling bleeding, rescuing people in shock, providing basic medical aid, searching for and rescuing victims safely and being effective in a disaster situation until first-responders arrive on the scene.

The fire department’s course is free for residents in the city limits or Keller workers over the age of 18.

To download applications for each course, visit the city’s website at and check the News portal.

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