Jefferson County, Colorado - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens' Academy, scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 25. The academy is an 11-week program designed to provide Jefferson County residents and merchants with firsthand information about how the sheriff's office functions. The class will be held each Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sheriff Ted Mink and Undersheriff Ray Fleer will be on-hand March 25 to welcome the Spring 2009 academy attendees. In the weeks that follow, participants will learn about the many aspects of law enforcement from veteran deputies who teach in their own areas of expertise.
In a classroom setting -- often enhanced with field trips and tours -- citizens explore various aspects of law enforcement. These include criminal investigations, arrest control, detention operations and general patrol. K-9, SWAT and Bomb Squad duties are just some of the topics covered during field trips. The students will also participate in hands-on "shooting" at the indoor laser firing range and driving at the police driving track. Each class provides insight into the challenging tasks deputy sheriffs and investigators must face daily.
In addition, one evening will be dedicated to meeting several county government officials who represent some of the departments that have been identified as those having the most interest and direct interaction with the public.
Participation in the academy requires a commitment of one night a week. There is no fee for the academy. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Space in the class is limited. Once the Spring academy is full, applicants will be placed on an eligibility list for the next academy.
For further information or an application, contact Deputy Jim Shires, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, at 303-271-5601 or email email@example.com