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Citizens Police Academy to begin spring session
Eighteen residents will learn what it takes to work in law enforcement.
The Citizens Police Academy begins its next class on March 27 at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 373 S. High St.
The program’s mission is to build stronger relationships with the community, while exposing citizens to the training a deputy sheriff receives.
“The curriculum is based on the most current training and the technology is continuously updated to meet the needs of the communities,” said Cpl. Charley Brown, director of the Citizens Police Academy.
Sheriff operations, basic self-defense, gang awareness, and K-9 familiarization are among some courses that are taken during the 12-week course.
Students meet once a week from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. A graduation ceremony is held at the end of each course.
“Sheriff Zach Scott realized that in order for our communities to become safe it requires them to be more aware and involved. Some students just come to learn about law enforcement while others want to become more involved,” Brown said.
Unlike other programs within the Sheriff’s Office such as Operation Street Smart and Seniors and Law Enforcement Together – the Citizens Police Academy only takes place twice per year.
The spring class graduates mid-June and the fall class will begin late August.
Sheriff deputies from S.W.A.T, to Detective Bureau and Community Relations are course instructors.
All services are free to the public, but applicants must undergo a background check to be eligible.
For information contact Cpl. Charley Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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