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The Coppell Police Department's J.P.A.C. (Junior Police Academy Coppell) is a great opportunity for the youth of Coppell to learn what it takes to be a police officer. During this one-week academy, the students gain some insight into the multiple functions their local law enforcement professionals perform on a daily basis. The students learn about laws, enforcement practices and procedures, and other pertinent information that can affect them in their community. This program is designed for middle-school aged students and is available to anyone who has completed the 6th grade, but has yet to begin high school.
Officers of the Coppell Police Department provide the students instruction on many different facets of the police profession, including patrol work, handling crime scenes, SWAT operations, K-9 handling, and conducting building searches. They learn a lot and hopefully have a ton of fun in the process. Ever rappelled off a building? If the answer is no, this might be the place for you! Each session follows a daily schedule:
Criminal/Juvenile Law ,Coppell PD hiring practices, Police Department Tour, Patrol Operations,
Vehicles and Equipment,
Visit from the Chief of Police, City Court, Dispatch/Jail Operations,
Building Searches, K-9, Crime Scene Investigation, Defensive Tactics (self defense), Tactical Division,
First Aid, Traffic Division (radar, traffic stops),
Sessions Dates and Application:
If you live in the City of Coppell, or your child attends school in Coppell ISD, they are eligible to attend JPAC. To be eligible, your child must have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade during the 2013-2014 school year.
If they have previously completed a JPAC course, and they have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, they would be eligible for the Advanced JPAC held June 8-12. If they are new to the JPAC program, and they have completed the 6th grade, they would be eligible for the Basic JPAC. The ADVANCED session will be held from 8:30 am -3:30 pm at the Police Department. A sack lunch/snacks/water bottle is needed for it. Both BASIC sessions will be held from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. No sack lunch is needed, but students can feel free to bring snacks/water.
Both courses have a maximum number of students allowed, so please be sure to apply or inquire quickly. This course is VERY popular, and because of the limited number of camps, we anticipate the camps to fill very soon. You can submit the attached application via inter-office mail to Officer Rachael Freeman.
Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you child soon.
Advanced JPAC: June 8-12 (one week, full day)
Basic JPAC Session #1: June 29-July10 (two weeks, half days)
Basic JPAC Session #2: August 3-14 (two weeks, half days)
There is no cost for the camp and it is open to C.I.S.D. students who have completed the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade as of June 2015. Students interested in attending one of the sessions must complete the Academy Application and the Health/Medical Form. Students can pick up both forms from their Middle School Campus Police Officer or the Coppell Police Department. The application and forms can be returned to the student's campus Police Officer or to Sgt. Eric Debus at the Coppell Police Station at 130 Town Center Blvd.
For more information, contact Officer Rachael Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-496-7194.
Upon graduating from the Academy, students are eligible to volunteer for several programs sponsored by the Coppell Police Department. During National Night Out (NNO), JPAC graduates visit the block parties and hand out prizes to the children. Graduates also have several opportunities to help out at other NNO functions and police-sponsored events. Are you interested? If so, please contact Officer Peter Dirks at 972-304-3625.