The Clergy and Police Alliance Program (C.A.P.A.)
The Clergy and Police Alliance program (C.A.P.A.) is a coalition of pastors who work in partnership with the police department to serve the citizens of Fort Worth. CAPA members attend monthly meetings, ride along with police officers, and are called in to help citizens in crisis. This program is a unique ministerial opportunity.
CAPA members played a great part in the community outreach that occurred during the Katrina relief effort at Fort Worth shelters. On a day to day basis, CAPA members have ministered to hundreds of citizens in need. Our City has seen the awesome benefit that can be accessed through partnership with the pastors and ministers of our community. We invited you to become a CAPA member and extend your ministry outreach.
CAPA members attend the Minister’s Police Academy at the Fort Worth Police/Fire Training Center. This is a special 12-week class for three hours a week, designed specifically for Pastors and Ministers, and includes specialized training that will indoctrinate you into the inner-workings of the police department and the Criminal Justice System. You will receive classroom and “hands on” training in the areas of Hate Crimes, Crime Scene search, Family Violence, Sex Crimes, Homicide investigation, traffic enforcement, narcotics training, communications, use of force, internal affairs, high risk incident command issues, firearms training, law, background investigation, and emergency response. After graduation you will ride with a designated officer to finish your training in a field environment scenario. Spending time with an officer will give you a better understanding of police operations before you act in the official capacity as a CAPA member. You will also be provided distinct clothing and official identification that will identify you as a CAPA member.
Some of the goals of this program include: pray for our City, city leaders, police officers and special needs; assisting the police in non-traditional roles; provide calm in crisis situations to prevent an escalation to violence; assist in domestic situations where a minister is requested or needed; offer support to victims; relay factual information back to the neighborhoods using your established networks; and emergency and disaster response training through the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Our goal is to have a representative from every church, denomination, and faith from our city become involved.
For more information contact Officer Philip Woodward, Central Patrol Division Neighborhood Police Officer at 817-269-6110.