Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy. Classes begin Wednesday, April 1 and will run for 13 weeks. Meetings will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Wednesday night.

Participants will learn about the different aspects of the Corpus Christi Police Department and on the first day of class you’ll hear from Chief of Police Mike Markle.

Every Wednesday, a different Police Department division leader will speak to the group. Some of the topics will include a look at the department’s specialized units including SWAT, the Dive Team, and Hostage Negotiation Team. Participants will also go on a Patrol Ride-a-Long and meet the department’s K-9 Officers, who along with their handlers will demonstrate the different training techniques used in narcotics searches and arrests.

The program is a revealing look at the Corpus Christi Police Department and its officers. If you would like to attend, fill out the attached application. This is a law enforcement sensitive class and State Law requires background checks. All applications must be emailed to Senior Officer Chris Lynch at by Friday, March 5.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. If you have a 16 or 17-year-old that is interested in becoming a police officer, they may attend with an adult if approved.

The application can be downloaded from the Corpus Christi web page at

For more information, contact Senior Officer Chris Lynch at 361-886-2563.

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