The Shreveport Police Department’s Auxiliary Police Academy is slated to begin next month and the department is looking for a few good volunteers who want to give something back and make a difference in their communities.
The Auxiliary Police Program began in 1997 as an effort to supplement the department’s sworn officers in their duties to serve and protect the citizens of Shreveport. Auxiliary officer’s duties are varied, but can include traffic direction at major traffic crashes and assisting commissioned officers at events like the Independence Bowl or the Mardi Gras parades. The auxiliary officers also check out marked patrol cars and patrol neighborhoods all over Shreveport.
Auxiliary officer applicants must be at least 21 years old and pass a background check, among other things, before being accepted into the academy. The academy will start May 2, 2011 and will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. until graduation, which is tentatively set for June 8, 2011. After they complete their academy, the new auxiliaries will be assigned to a field training officer who will give them further instruction out in the field.
Captain Jacqueline V. Willis, commander of the Community Oriented Policing Bureau, praised the program, saying, “The auxiliary officers are an extremely important component of our community policing strategies and they have helped us substantially over the years. This program is perfect for someone out there who might be looking to volunteer their time and make a positive impact in a very real, tangible fashion.”
Anyone needing more information regarding the academy or wanting to fill out an application can contact Sgt. Alan Crump at 318-673-6950.
From Shreveport Police Department