Have you been to our Austin CPAAA social gatherings yet? They are fun and a good opportunity to get to know each other (and libations and munchies!) at various locations around town. Since the spring, we’ve been meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm for happy hour, most recently on August 28 at the Pluckers on Hwy. 183 in North Austin. There is not a social planned for September 25th, but keep an eye out for update for the October social!
Beginning this summer, the APD Citizen Police Academy is being coordinated by Senior Police Officer
Senior Police Officer Surei Scanlon and Alumni Association Vice President Susan Reed
Scanlon. Officer Scanlon is highly experienced with her 15 years at APD and says she is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Austin in the unique environment of the CPA Class. Officer Scanlon has been working closely with the leadership of Austin CPAAA in preparation for the September class and in July participated in the Texas CPAAA and Law Enforcement Training Conference in San Marcos. We welcome Officer Scanlon to her new position and are pleased to support her efforts with the APD CPA Program.
Alumni Association Members and SPO Scanlon at the 2014 Texas CPAAA Conference
Several members of the Austin Alumni Association attended the Texas CPAAA Conference and Law Enforcement Training Conference over the dates of July 27-29 at the Conference Center in San Marcos. Special guest speakers and law enforcement professionals presented at informational sessions which gave attendees learning opportunities. Groups discussions with experienced Academy and Alumni leaders afforded the chance to get ideas and learn about activities used in other cities. The next Conference is scheduled for 2015 in El Paso.
Spreading the word to the citizens of Austin about the benefits of attending the CPA Class is an important activity and recent Commander’s Forums gave the chance to educate attendees about the Class. Melinda Rodriguez and SPO Scanlon made presentations over the summer to recruit for the September class, which received 73 applications. Increasing attendance at the classes to help build understanding of the police department can improve public safety in Austin.
Sergeant-At-Arms Ian Hoffman presents the Alumni Association and its activities at the opening session of the 81st ACPA class.
One of the largest classes assembled for an APD CPA Class will kick off the second Tuesday in September under the direction of Officer Surei Scanlon, with special address and welcome by Chief Art Acevedo and presentation by APD Chaplain Rick Randall. Austin CPAAA Board Member Ian Hoffman will offer information on the local Alumni Association, and discuss activities, volunteer opportunities, and membership. The Association is providing a full meal and drinks to the class for their first meeting. A big thank you to Hoboken Pies for donating the pizza and salad for the meal! Drinks and dessert are being provided by the Austin CPAAA. In addition, the Association provided three-ring binders and note paper for the Class Agenda and Materials. Members of the Association attend the CPA classes throughout the session and provide the reception at the graduation ceremony.
The inaugural class of the 81st session of the Austin Citizen Police Academy on September 9 at APD Headquarters was treated to a wonderful meal courtesy of Hoboken Pie! The participants and alumni members present enjoyed delicious salad and outstanding pizza to kick off their class session. Hoboken Pie is conveniently located near APD at 8th and Red River and, in addition to pizza (lots of toppings) and salad, their menu includes sandwiches, pasta, and dessert. The Alumni Association is grateful for the support of Hoboken Pie in making the first class very special. Their location is easy to get to so give them a try: www.hobokenpie.com. You can order online, by phone 512-477-4256, they deliver, and offer catering services.