Citizens Police Academy

Beaumont Police Department is hosting the Citizen’s Police Academy Thursday, August 9. The training program is free and lasts 15 weeks that meet every Thursday starting August 9 and ends November 15. The weekly class starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. There are also two hands on-training classes that are on Saturday.

The program is for adults who are 18 and older. It is held two times each year and was designed to educate and expose community members to the operations of law enforcement.

Participants must apply and be registered to participate.

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As a few young drivers sped around a Port Arthur parking lot in high-performance police cruisers, 84-year-old Ruel Riggs climbed behind the wheel Saturday, March 2, for his try on the track.

“I’m not gonna be settin’ any speed records,” the aging man said. “I just wanna drive it.”

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