Community invited to learn more about local law enforcement in 9-week academy

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People interested to see how law enforcement protects the community will have the chance to with the Citizen’s Academy, held by the El Paso Police Department, and The Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Citizens Academy is a nine-week academy that will give students hands on experience on many programs and services provided by law enforcement, and educate them about safety challenges people face daily. A spokesman for the police department says this year they’ll focus on border operations, K-9 units, crash investigations, criminal investigations, patrol procedures, SWAT, the crime lab, aircraft operation, and an overview of use of force topics.

The academy starts March 20.

Only 30 students will get to join, according to the police spokesman Mike Baranyay.

The students will be required to attend 10 to 13 classes in order to graduate, said Baranyay.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Baranyay said there will be an additional three Saturday morning classes.

Applicants can register at or in person at the Department of Transportation and Safety in east El Paso at 11612 Scott Simpson.

Questions regarding this upcoming Citizens Academy should be forwarded to:

EPPD Contact: Det. Mike Baranyay at 915-212-4312 or email at

DPS Contact: Sgt. Jaime Aburto at 915-849-4001 or email at

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