The 82nd and 83rd Citizen Police Academy classes together were a total of 66 people! The graduation ceremony held on May 21 at Crossroads Church drew about 150 people to witness the ceremony and hear the address by Chief Acevedo for the 35 individuals of the 82nd Class and 31 individuals of the 83rd class. Among the attendees were the chain of command and many of the officers who made presentations to the classes over the months, including the K9 team. The 82nd class met on Tuesday evenings and the 83rd met on Thursday evenings which was necessary to accommodate the large number of people who were accepted for the Spring 2015 session. The classes benefited from the outstanding presentations by the officers, and, new this year: the free parking and delicious meals provided by sponsors and the department. Also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the CPA Program were Officer Surei Scanlon, Program Coordinator, and Melinda Rodriguez, President of the Austin CPA Alumni Association.
After addresses by each class president and presentation of diplomas, the entire group enjoyed refreshments provided at the reception courtesy of the Austin Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. New graduates were invited to join the Association and purchase shirts to wear at events, meetings, and when participating in APD volunteer activities.
The next session of CPA classes will begin in September. Graduates are encouraged to talk with their family, friends, and neighbors about attending the CPA class.