The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) and local law enforcement agencies are making an effort to enhance and improve the relationship between police and community in SWLA.  Now more than ever it's important to build the bond between law enforcement and the people within the communities they serve.  This is why Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy was developed and encourages area residents to sign-up.

This is a 6 week program for any member of the community, 18 or older.  If your interested in learning about law enforcement's role in our community make sure you participate.  You don't have to worry about taking tests or anything, but there will be plenty to learn, hands-on training and lectures to take advantage of.  The CPSO deputies in conjunction with the Lake Charles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office will all be on hand holding a variety of seminars on topics like; use of force, criminal investigations, domestic violence, civil rights, as well as gang violence.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the purpose of this academy is to make police and community relations better, which in turn will make it easier to address issues within our community's. At the end of the day this is a win, win for everyone and ultimately helps to reduce crime.

Applications for the Community/Law Enforcement Partnership Academy are available at any CPSO Law Enforcement Center throughout the parish.  Those wanting to participate will need to be able to pass a background check.  Space is limited and the deadline to return applications, is Friday, November 11, 2016.

The program begins Tuesday, November 15 and will take place every Tuesday night afterwards from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  For more info contact Lt. James Steward at (337) 491-3626 or (337) 263-4360.

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