Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sign Up For Sheriff’s Community Awareness Academy

It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Department’s popular Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency.

Attendees are asked to attend all seven classes, which each cover a different topic. Classes are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening, beginning March 3 and ending March 24. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take "field trips" to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar.

Classes will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff Department’s headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center, which will also be toured. The center is located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works.

On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team.

The academy is intended to provide the citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Department’s functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting them involved in the community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age.

To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Amanda Rogers at (530) 889-6922 or e-mail her at arogers@placer.ca.gov.

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