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The Citizens' Police Academy is a course designed to provide citizens a better understanding of the Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department’s operations and Community Policing philosophy. Classes will be held June 8 (Wednesday) and 9 (Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cole STEM Building on the SFA Campus, 418 Griffith Blvd. This course will cover topics such as criminal investigations, patrol operations, telecommunications, and more. Classes will consist of lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

The purpose of the program is to provide insight into the responsibilities of a university police department and the measures taken to prevent, deter and respond to criminal and non-criminal activities. In addition, the program is designed to enhance communication and create long-term meaningful partnerships with the students, staff, faculty and supporters of this institution. We are confident that graduates of the Citizens' Police Academy will share their knowledge with the community and become ambassadors for the organization.

Course Dates

Dates: June 8 and June 9
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Cole STEM Building (SFA Campus), 418 Griffith Blvd., Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

How to Apply

If you are willing to make a commitment and become an involved citizen, we encourage you to apply. Please mail or e-mail the completed waiver and application to:

Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department
Attention: Erika Colegio
P.O. Box 13062
232 East College Street
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3062

Fax: 936.468.3984

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a high school junior or senior.
  • Parent/Guardian signature on application and waiver.
  • Background check: No person with a Class A misdemeanor or higher conviction, including a Family Violence conviction, shall be allowed to attend the class. A Class B misdemeanor conviction has a 10-year disqualification period. All disqualifiers shall remain concurrent to and consistent with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s TCIC/TLETS ACCESS POLICY, or any additional policy amendments.
  • You will be automatically disqualified if you have any outstanding warrants, pending court dates in either Municipal, State, or Federal courts, or a conviction of the following: issuance of bad check, public lewdness, theft or any other crime of “moral turpitude.” You will not be allowed to attend the Citizens' Police Academy until such warrants are cleared and all cases are adjudicated.
  • All applicants will be interviewed via phone.


University Police Department
936.468.2608 | 800.816.4657
Fax: 936.468.3984

Physical Address:
232 East College St.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13062, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962