Citizens Police Academy Mission:
To serve the Kyle Police Department and the community of Kyle, TX by promoting public safety and law enforcement by supporting the police department and the community it serves by deed and/or monetary support.
The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to the continuous support of the Kyle Police Department. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are able to join the Kyle Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
The CPAAA provides continuing support to the Kyle Police Department in a variety of areas. Alumni Association members may assist with fund raising, civic events, and may even ride with officers on patrol.
Citizens Police Academy History
In 1977 in England, The concept of a Citizens Police Academy started in Devon & Cornwall. Their Police Night School is continuing to go strong to this day. Check out their website:
The Citizens Police Academy Conference was an idea conceived in the Fall of 1993, in Duncanville, Texas. This article gives a brief history highlighting key members.
In September 1993, Chief Michael Courville was approached by Mr. Tom Bryson and Officer Ray Ramon of the Duncanville PD with their idea. Aided by a handful of law enforcement members from North Texas (including Richardson PD’s Officer Chris B. Gescheidle), the first Conference was held within the same month. Approximately 47 Texans were in attendance.
Curiosity and interest advanced by the initial Conference led to a second Conference, which was held in 1994. It was hosted by Chief Carl Dunlop, Officer Buck Tatem, the Gainesville CPA Alumni, and the Gainesville PD. Over 230 Texans attended while several other states were represented, from as far away as Hawaii.
1995 saw a third Conference. It was hosted by Chief Earnest Taylor, Officer Joe Jeffery, the Sugar Land CPA Alumni and several police departments in the area. Upwards of 300 people were in attendance from numerous states. This event marked the official discussion of the National CPAA concept.
Included attendees: Officer Ron Sartor (Midland, TX), Officer Buck Tatem, Chief Michael Courville, Officer Ray Ramon, Mr. Tom Bryson, and Sugar Land CPAA President Gary Hawkins (all from Duncanville), Officer Joe Jeffery, and Officer Michael Koster (Aurora, IL). Also present were Lois Welling (PTI, Champaign, IL), and Mr. Jim Ponzini (Little Rock, AR).
Midland CPA Alumni, Officer Ron Sartor, and Chief Richard Czech hosted the 1996 Conference in Midland, Texas.
The Conferences from 1996 to 1998 are notable. They mark the discussions centered on the concept of the National Citizens Police Academy Association. The plans were given the green light.
Come 1998, a Board of Directors had formed and their first meeting was held in Little Rock, AK. The members were Jim Ponzini, Lois Welling, Buck Tatum, Jennifer Bartsch, Ron Sartor, Dave Smith, Diana Lawler, Mike Courville, Dave Kundrot, and Mike Koster. During this meeting, new members were recruited, the decision to approach possible hosts for future conferences was made, and the first By-Laws were created. Dave Kundrot, Jim Ponzini, and Buck Tatum were named the original Site Committee Selection Team. Their combined experience in hosting a national conference prepared them to accept and excel in this role.
Lombard, IL, saw the first NCPAA Board Member election, which was held in 1999 at the National Conference. Mike Koster was elected the Second President of the NCPAA. Elections also appointed Saundra Ligon – Executive Board Member (Columbia, SC), Rob Sindern – Treasurer (Baraboo, WI), and Craig Pitman – Vice President (Reno, NV).
To this day, the Conference is stronger than ever, with nationwide memberships and conferences held all over the country.
President: Steve Huskey
Vice President: Rick Koch
Sargent at Arms: Carl Gilson
Secretary: Amy Defillipi