Head instructor for the course, Detective Sgt. Greg Baron, said that for some of the students, it was the first time they ever fired a handgun.
Assistant Police Chief Richard Cantu served as the instructor, and Baron said most of the students supplied their own handguns.
“They’ll be graduating this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Coastal Bend College,” Baron said last week.
Special awards will be handed out in several categories, including top student and top shooter.
“We’ve already had a lot of interest in the next class,” Baron said.
Some members of this class also are interested in the BPD’s offering an advanced class, and Baron said he has had requests to develop a junior class for teens between the ages of 15 and 18.
Course plans for those classes will have to be written, the detective said.
Baron said the ride-along portion of the academy also was a hit with the students. Many of them ended up riding with full-time officers numerous times.
He said an advanced class probably would involve more classroom work with an emphasis on traffic and criminal law.
“Everybody had a ball on pursuit day,” Baron said. That class was taught by Detective Sgt. Art Gamez.
In fact, the range day and the pursuit class probably were the most popular parts of the course.
The first night of the academy some of those who had signed up for the program indicated that they were interested in going into law enforcement.
Baron said donations from Dave Moore Ford for the purchase of Civilian Police Academy polo shirts and from Coastal Bend College law enforcement program president Kevin Behr were a tremendous help in this class.
Baron will announce plans later for future Civilian Police Academy courses.