Did you know that once you are accepted into the police academy and you begin your first day you are considered an employee. You do not pay us to go through our academy, we pay YOU! Some of the smaller departments require you to attend a private police academy and pay for this academy out of your own pocket before you can apply for their agency. This is not the case with HPD. I know many of my readers know this information already, but lately I have been getting several emails asking about this. HPD offers opportunities that the smaller departments simply can't give you because of their limited size. From riding a horse to flying a helicopter you can do it here at HPD.