ATTENTION: The next scheduled meeting will be Thursday, March 6, 2013 at 6:30PM in the LUNCHROOM of the LPPD. the LEPC will be conducting CERT training in the Training Center so please report to the CAFETERIA for the LPCPAAA meeting. Someone will be in the lobby to assist you through the door.
LPPD hosts Rape Aggression Defense course for La Porte Women
LPPD would like to announce to area residents that, during the upcoming month of March, the police department will offer another Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training course at its facility, located at 3001 North 23rd.
For those unfamiliar with the RAD System, it is, in essence, a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. RAD is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, while progressing toward the basics of actual hands-on defense training. It is important, however, that participants understand that RAD is not a martial arts program. The class, taught by LPPD’s certified RAD Instructors, begins with classroom-based orientation where workbooks and reference manuals lay the course foundation. During this initial phase, the entire physical defense program is outlined for both personal reference and continuous individual growth. Later, the physical techniques are discussed, and eventually encompass a series of comprehensive hands-on exercises.
Four, 3-hour, days of RAD coursework are scheduled for two weeks in a row, on March 19th, 20th, 26th, & 27th, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., with each daily class building on the former. The course days are intentionally spread out, as the program is both physically and mentally intensive. Nevertheless, LPPD’s RAD instructors are committed to making the course dates fun and enjoyable, as well as genuinely educational.
The RAD training is open solely to women ages 13 and up; younger ladies under the age of 18 must attend class with their mother or legal female guardian. A growing and wide-spread acceptance of the system has been observed as a result of the ease, simplicity, and effectiveness of its tactics, combined with its supportive research, legal defensibility, and unique teaching methodology. Essentially, La Porte’s RAD program is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. This system of realistic defense will provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.
The March RAD program will be open to a total of 15 students, and registration will be on a first come basis. The 4-Day program is free and all manuals and documents will be provided to the students. For more information on the RAD program, including registration information, please contact La Porte Officer Matt Parsons at 281-604-6687, or via email at: email@example.com.
SKYWARN Training* (FREE)
REGISTER NOW FOR MARCH TRAINING
Enjoy watching the sky? Learn how to watch, track and relay weather reports to local Emergency Management Officials and/or the National Weather Service (NWS).
The La Porte Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will host a Skywarn training class on Thursday, March 13th from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the La Porte Police Department building, located at 3001 N 23rd Street in La Porte.
Skywarn is a group of trained volunteers that watch the skies during severe weather and relay reports. These volunteers* provide valuable information to the NWS to improve the warning program which could save lives and prevent property damage in your community.
For more information or to register for the class, contact La Porte OEM at (281) 470-0010 or email a request to OEM@laportetx.gov.
*Training is open to the Public as well as LPCPAAA Volunteers.
Sponsorship Opportunities for New LP Animal Shelter
The October 28th, 2013 groundbreaking for the City of La Porte’s new Animal Adoption Center and Shelter was a welcomed event for area community members. The new facility, currently under new construction at 10901 Spencer Highway was relocated from its former 4th street location and expanded to over 4300 square feet in size, replacing the original 1900 square foot animal shelter that was constructed in 1987.
The Adoption Center will have an improved playground for dogs to interact and rest, as well an expansive cat condo where resident cats can play and be openly viewed by visitors considering cat adoption. Such a place will provide the perfect atmosphere for recovery and rehabilitation, as many of the animals make the transition from lives of hardship to being cherished members of a loving family. All of this, while promoting each animal’s physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. In short, the enriched Adoption Center has been specifically designed to supply a nurturing temporary home for lost, abandoned, or abused animals, while providing a highly visible location and inviting environment that will attract a higher number of prospective pet adopters.
To this end, the City of La Porte is inviting local residents, businesses, and industry members to become a living part of the new La Porte Animal Adoption Center by serving as an official donor or sponsor. Available sponsorship opportunities include providing funds to supply Outdoor Benches, Cat Condos, Dog Adoption Kennels, Landscaping, an Adoption “get acquainted” Room, Large Glass Lobby Cat Colony, or Video Signage on Spencer Hwy., which will display daily photos of animals available for adoption. Individual donations will be accepted at any amount and official sponsorships begin at as little as $250. All sponsors will be recognized through the placement of permanent plaques or other signage, appropriately identifying contributors throughout the Center’s walkways, outside individual dog and cat adoption cages, inside and outside play areas, or on each side of the new electronic display sign bordering Spencer Highway.
While tax status differs significantly from individual to individual, and it is always a good idea to consult with a tax professional, all donors will be provided with a receipt that may be used for charitable tax deduction purposes. Those interested in making a contribution and/or obtaining more information relating to the Animal Adoption Center should contact the La Porte Animal Control Supervisor, Clarence Anderson, at 281-471-3700.
The new facility’s focus is strongly on animal adoption and placement and, thanks to continued support from the members of City Council, the City of La Porte hopes to be able to increase the animal adoption rate further and provide better homes for our animals.
2014 CPAAA Board Makes History
Yes, it is official folks! During last night's meeting and swearing in of the 2014 Board members it was noted that we now have an all female board. Before taking their oath of office, the team pointed out that three of them are redheads and proclaimed that we should all "watch out for some awesome things to happen this year!"
Please join us in congratulating the 2014 LPCPAAA Board:
President: Brenda Pritchard 1VP: Aubry Sartori
2VP: Paula Wohnoutka Treasurer: Vicky Copley
Secretary: Norma Elliott
Assistant Chief Ron Parker asked the group to raise their hand and take the oath of office as they commit to complete their duties of office, promote the organization and abide by all rules and regulations of the organization and their positions.
Following the swearing in of officers, the members immediately began conducting business and making plans for 2014. In addition to having several new members join the organization, many stepped up to chair and or join new committees for 2014 aimed at improving participation in the community or orgranization.
In addition to new board members, a significant change for 2014 involves the transition of the duties of Volunteer Scheduler to Norma Elliott. An official notice will be sent later this month notifying all members of this change. Deb Hathorn will act as Norma's backup in addition to continuing her other roles as Media Coordinator and Time Report Coordinator.
Another important piece of business completed during the meeting was the presentation of a special award to Paula Rizzuto in recognition of her outstanding volunteerism in 2013. Paula shared over 823 hours of her time throughout the year to volunteer at several events, assist with special duties around the station, conduct weekly Citizens On Patrol patrols around the city, and assist the dispatch office several days each week by acting as a Dispatch Greeter to help citizens and relieve the dispatch team of that function. As a result, Paula will be eligible to to receive the Presidents Volunteer Service Award gold status certificate of appreciation in February. Paula will join several other members being recognized in February for their outstanding volunteerism throughout 2014.
Look for the complete official meeting minutes to be shared via this website soon.
Blue Santa Delivers
For a complete review of this year's Blue Santa program, click here.
***Photos taken at Christmas on Main St. are now available in our Photo Gallery! We apologize for the delay. Click on the "Click Here" below the photos to enlarge and scroll through all pictures.
BASIC Citizens Police Academy - Sign Up Now for January 2014!
FREE Classes will consist of attributes of emergency operations, including S.W.A.T, Gun Range practices, CPR, Emergency Operations Command, Skywarn System education, DWI procedures and more. Classes meet each Tuesday night at the LPPD from 6:30-9:30PM.
Advanced CPA classes begin May 20th and graduate on July 22, 2014. This class will be the first to include the Citizens On Patrol (C.O.P.) classroom training! Make plans now to attend both classes and then make application to join the LPCPAAA and become a member of the C.O.P. team.
An Application and approval is required prior to attending the Basic class. Contact Officer Jeff Tippit at 281-471-2141 for more details. All residents and past residents of La Porte are welcome to join!
Note: Although every attempt should be made to attend all class nights, participants will graduate so long as they do not miss more than four (4) class nights of the fourteen (14) weeks.
EXPLORE THE LPCPAAA WEBSITE
Take a voyage around our website to learn more about all the excitement of being a LPCPAAA Volunteer! Check out the Media Reports for current and past news about community and Police related activities. View our Photo Gallery to actually see what goes on at many of our events and activities. Lastly, explore the Newsletters and learn more about what we're all about, what we do, when we do it, and how we go about making this organization one of the best CPA Alumni's in the State of Texas! Consider joining the fun by completing an application to attend the next CPA Class and then join the Alumni to continue your volunteerism. There is something for everyone and we'd love to have you on our team!
Blue Santa Volunteers Respond in a Big Way
The Blue Santa Program, is a combined endeavor between the La Porte Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (LPCAAA), The La Porte Police Officers Association, and the La Porte Municipal Court, provided Christmas support for some of the wonderful families of La Porte. The program’s primary mission is to provide toys and Christmas dinners for needy children and their families through the Neighborhood Center, many of whom would not have the means to hold traditional Christmas festivities without help from their community. For more information about the Blue Santa program - contact
526 San Jacinto
La Porte, Texas 77571
The effort put forth by the LPCAAA and their associates is a proven success and serves as an example of the level of service we all should strive for. For more information on LPCAAA, or any of their other community outreach activities, please contact LPCPAAA President, Brenda Pritchard.
Click Here for an application to apply for membership or to renew your membership for the current year. As a member of the LPCPAAA you will enjoy the benefits of volunteerism and join a group of dedicated individuals.
Membership dues help support all the programs of the LPCPAAA and directly benefit the La Porte community.
No person shall be denied membership in this association because of race, religion, sex, disability, or ethnic background.