Citizen Police Academy

Have you ever wondered how a Sherman Police Officer is trained? 

Join the Citizen Police Academy to learn more about your Sherman Police Department and its officers. This on-going program is offered at no cost to qualified individuals. Information is provided as a public service to acquaint you with the Sherman Police Department. The classes are taught by Sherman police officers who provide an accelerated overview of the various operations within the Sherman Police Department. 

Topics covered will include organizational structure, patrol operations, criminal investigations, Special Response Team, K-9 Unit, narcotics investigations, State Law, policy and use of force. Attendees will get hands-on experience working a mock crime scene, making use of force decisions during scenario training, and participating in a four to eight hour ride-along with a Sherman patrol officer. Our main goal is to increase understanding of police work and to develop effective police/community partnerships. ​​

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a 9-week program with classes held once a week from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.  Meetings will be held at the Sherman Police Department (317 S. Travis) in the 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

Attendees must be at least 18 years of age and live, work, or attend school in Sherman. Attendees are required to pass a background check and have no criminal history (other than traffic tickets). You must sign the waiver of liability and make the commitment to attend the entire academy to graduate. ​To ensure a quality learning experience, the program is limited to a certain number of participants.  

An application and waiver of liability for the CPA can be downloaded using the following links.  Please submit both completed forms according to the instructions on the application.
Citizens Police Academy Application
Citizens Police Academy Waiver of Liability
If you have questions about the program, please contact Sgt. Brett Mullen at 903-328-3010 or

Class #1: April 6, 2017 - June 1, 2017
Class #2: September 21, 2017 - November 16, 2017
Class #3: April 4, 2018 - May 30, 2018
Class #4: April 3, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Class #5: September 25, 2019 - November 20, 2019
Class #6: POSTPONED to Fall 2020