National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out seeks to enhance the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It is also a wonderful opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Neighborhoods throughout Texas will host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. Texas and select areas celebrate on the first Tuesday in October (October 3rd)
LOCAP Logo LOCAP (Live Oak Citizens Assisting Police) is a volunteer 501c3 non-profit group that was formed in 2011 to assist the Live Oak Police Department. To be a LOCAP member one must first attend and graduate from the Live Oak Citizens Police Academy. Once this is completed there is an application process, which includes a background check. Volunteers assist with various duties such as filing, assisting with Municipal Court, auto auctions, calling on municipal court warrants, answering phones and driving the LOCAP vehicle around the business districts.
The Live Oak Citizens Police Academy is a community-oriented policing initiative that allows citizens the opportunity to gain experience about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in their community. The program helps residents better understand police work and strengthens the relationship between the community and police department. The classes are instructed by civilians and sworn members of the Live Oak Police Department. Some of the subjects covered in the classes are, city governance, police emergency communications, Texas Crime Information Center, crime prevention, criminal investigation, patrol tactics, traffic stops, response to resistance or aggression, SWAT, drug enforcement, and firearms. The academy is held every spring, approximately twelve weeks long, and is held in the Alfredo F. Araiza Training Room located at the Live Oak Police Department. It is held on a weeknight and starts at 7 pm and ends at 9 pm.
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Held in the Summer for children between the ages of 9 and 12 are ideal candidates for the Junior Police Academy. The lessons learned at this age will help them with the complex decisions and choices they will make in the upcoming years. Your child will meet many different police officers and public service personnel during the program. This serves to provide positive role models for the children. Your child will learn about respect and courtesy for others and for the law, as well as explanations of the law as it relates to order in our society. Various members of the police department including patrol officers, detectives, bike officers, K9, SWAT, negotiators, and communication operators will meet the children and introduce them to the functions of their job. Your children are given a tour of the Live Oak Justice Center, Animal Control, and the Dispatch Center where all 911 emergency calls are received.
The program opens the door for real dialog by candidly discussing the role of gangs, alcohol, drugs, violence, guns, self-esteem, and the need to establish important goals. These subjects and many more are discussed openly; questions are encouraged. The police officers stress that each child in the program is special. The officers further underscore the importance of keeping lines of communication open. The goal of the Junior Police Academy is to educate children in the various functions of the police department. We want them to understand that they will soon be making important choices and hopefully we can help them make the right ones.
The academy is designed to provide a safe and fun learning environment for children. We understand that the values a child learns today will help create who they are to become as adults. Our goal is to provide a positive setting where children learn to respect themselves and others. They will learn what it means to be a police officer and understand we are here to help others. Your children will experience firsthand what officers do to keep the community safe. Live Oak Junior Police Cadets will interact with police officers from various divisions of the department. All activities will be well supervised and geared toward fun activities in a safe setting. The staff of the Live Oak Police Department has implemented the Junior Police Academy to provide a positive impact on the lives of our young people. Today’s youth are the future leaders of tomorrow. This program is an effort on our part of investing in the future of our youth in the City of Live Oak.