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Officer James "JT" Taylor
Community Services Officer

For more information on any of the following classes or programs, please contact Officer Taylor at 469-309-4430 or

Neighborhood Watch/Situational Awareness Class
A neighborhood watch program is a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life. Neighborhood watch groups have regular meetings to plan how they will accomplish their specific goals and leaders with assigned responsibilities. Neighborhood watch is homeland security at the most local level. It is an opportunity to volunteer and work towards increasing the safety and security of our homes and our homeland. Neighborhood watch empowers citizens and communities to become active in emergency preparedness, as well as the fight against crime and community disasters.

A neighborhood watch group may be organized by an existing neighborhood association, but the key element is its relationship with local law enforcement.

As law enforcement officers learn the needs of their various neighborhood watch groups and the dynamics of their volunteers, they can tailor activities and responses to meet the ever-changing needs of their citizens. 

Women’s Self Defense Class
Our Women’s self-defense class is all about promoting awareness, strength, and self-defense skills for the women in our community. We offer effective, informative women’s self-defense classes to build the skills and confidence women need to protect themselves. Our self-defense classes for women discuss situational awareness techniques and tactics, focusing on both inner and outer strength.

Our class has been carefully developed with valuable input from law enforcement, martial arts and military techniques in order to provide realistic self-defense classes for women. The program deals specifically with how and where women are commonly attacked. You will be taught how to safely and effectively fend off an attacker using punches, elbows, knees, and kicks.

Our women’s self-defense classes teach our students how to defend themselves against common chokes, grabs, bear hugs, and other attacks often used by larger, stronger aggressors.

In order to prepare our students to survive a real attack, we emphasize realistic training scenarios and realistic defenses. Women leave our classes feeling safe, strong, empowered, and firm in the knowledge that they are not a victim.

Trust Between Teens and Law Enforcement Driving Class 
No matter our age, getting pulled over by a police officer is a stressful event. We see the lights in our rear-view mirror, hear the siren and our hearts start pounding. But, for brand new teen drivers, the experience can be especially stressful. In this course we will be presenting a power point presentation informing the driver of proper traffic stop etiquette, vehicle responsibility, how to interact with law enforcement to ensure a smooth encounter, what to do if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and much more. This course is offered at Waxahachie Driving School monthly or you can register your teen for a group course at the Police Department.

Phone Apps All Parents Should Know About
A course designed to inform parents of potential dangerous apps their child may be using or exposed to. This class will help parents and children/teens understand the dangers of online predators, online solicitation, posting pictures online and the most up to date online trends. Don’t let your child become a victim to the internet.

Active Shooter & Work Place Violence Training
This course will provide preparation and a plan for individuals, churches, schools and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person or multiple attackers, active shooter training option based tactics have become the accepted response, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.

Protection and safety must be the priority in an Active Shooter event or Terrorist Attack. Circumstantial and operational concerns vary in every new situation. WPD Training provides options and classes that address the unique challenges specific to Police/LE, K-12 Schools, Healthcare Facilities, Higher Education, Businesses, Government, and Houses of Worship.

  • Defining a Critical Incident

  • A Brief History and Examination of Past Active Shooter Events

  • Examining Traditional and Trained Responses in a Crisis

  • The Importance of a Survival Mindset

  • Understanding the Human Reaction Phases

  • Situational Awareness, and Pre-Planning

  • Defining and using the Run, Hide, Fight Concept

  • Understanding Law Enforcement Response to Critical Incidents


Community Events

*Cops and Kids Annual Picnic

* Trunk or Treat First Responder Halloween Event.

* Cops & Kids Chick-Fil-A Breakfast-

* Bob Phillips Country Reporter T-shirts sales for Testicular Cancer Awareness.

* Coffee with a Cop.

* Salvation Army Angel Tree.

* Shop with A Cop/Cherished Impressions Child Placing Agency.

* Texas Baptist Home 5K Hero Challenge.

* City of Waxahachie Chili Cook and Bake Off.

* Waxahachie 4th of July Parade.

* Waxahachie Christmas Parade.