OPD Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Odessa Police Department. Each session consists of a weekly class that meets at the Odessa Police Headquarters. The instruction is comprehensive; each week different units within the Department are covered whose goal is to educate the public about the Odessa Police Department and to increase the rapport between citizens and police officers.
We hope that the Citizens Police Academy graduates become more aware and better informed about how the Police Department operates and encourage friends, coworkers, and families to join the Odessa Police Department in this community program.
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There is no registration fee and the Odessa Police Department will provide all classroom materials.
Registration is closed for the #29 Session of the OPD Citizen's Police Academy.
Odessa Citizen's Police Academy Participant Standards
- SECTION 1: ADMISSION
- SECTION 2: ATTENDANCE
- SECTION 3 PARTICIPANT DRESS CODE
- SECTION 4: CLASSROOM DEMEANOR
- SECTION 5: PARTICIPANT DISMISSAL
Applicant admission standards for acceptance in the Odessa Police Department's Citizen Police Academy are:
- A Citizen's Police Academy Enrollment Form must be fully completed and submitted before an acceptance evaluation can be determined.
- All applicants will undergo a criminal history background evaluation; all applicants who will be attending must be free of adverse or serious criminal history information. Individuals possessing a felony conviction will be denied attendance. The Odessa Police Department reserves the right to deny an applicant based on adverse information obtained from the criminal history background.
- Once all application requirements are satisfied and an acceptance evaluation is completed, a letter of confirmation will be sent to all invited participants.
- A class schedule will be sent to invited participants prior to the start date.
- Participants are asked to commit to the full term of the course (12 weeks). Consideration will be given for unforeseen circumstances and we ask that you call the Odessa Police Department and leave a message if you are unable to attend a class.
- Young children will not be allowed to attend the class sessions.
Participant Dress Code Standards
Participants are requested to dress appropriately. Comfortable and casual attire, neat in appearance, is advisable. Absolutely no shorts or flip flops.
Classroom Demeanor Standards
- We encourage and hope you will enter into any and all discussions enthusiastically and give freely of yourself and your personal experience or knowledge of law enforcement. You are invited to ask questions at any time.
- Remember, a discussion is the way for all participants to contribute and think cooperatively to obtain information, solve problems and/or satisfy questions, but the Academy is not intended to serve as a "gripe session." Please come to class with the intention of learning about our operations.
- It is the duty of the Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) coordinators to maintain order. A participant whose actions are found disruptive or unruly, will be warned to correct his behavior. Failure to comply with the warning will result in the student's removal from the class.
- Please afford the instructors proper respect and make sure all cellular phones are turned off or muted.
- As with all government buildings in Odessa, there is no tobacco products of any kind allowed in the building.
Participant Dismissal from the Academy
The Odessa Police Department reserves the right to excuse or dismiss from class, and/or from any remaining classes of the Academy, any individual violating any provision or section of the standards and guidelines set forth in the Citizen's Police Academy.
One of the goals of the Odessa Police Department is a motoring public that is safe, courteous and accident free. In pursuit of this goal, the Department will begin to periodically designate "safe zones" throughout the City. These "safe zones" are areas in which traffic enforcement will be increased in an effort to gain traffic law compliance.
"Safe zones" will be announced the week prior to enforcement action being taken. Expect to see officers of the Odessa Police Department working these areas singly or in groups in an effort to gain compliance through education and enforcement. Officers working "safe zones" will be enforcing all traffic laws but will pay close attention to:
- Red light
- Stop sign
- Other moving violations
Please take note of these "safe zones" and remind your family and friends that we will be taking enforcement action. By working together and obeying the laws, perhaps we can reduce traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities by making our streets a safer place to drive.
Auto Insurance Guide for Parents & Teens - This resource provides a variety of guides that covers everything from speaking with a teen about the safety and dangers of driving, understanding drivers licensing restrictions, car insurance requirements, and most importantly how to keep a parent’s mind at ease and knowing they’re not alone. This guide can provide teens and their parents the necessary tools they need to be educated about safe driving for years ahead.
Sector Maps and Boundaries
The City of Odessa has a population of approximately 110,000 with a total area of 41.42 square miles. The Patrol Division uses a geographic based deployment system to serve the City, which is divided into 4 sectors, numbered 1 through 4. Each sector is divided into beats with a total of 19 beats.
For more information, access the documents provided on this page, or visit the Interactive Sector Map page.