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Public Safety Academy returns on Sept. 1

The program teaches the public about many aspects of law enforcement


It isn’t always easy being in law enforcement, but teaching people about the challenges therein is definitely a worthwhile activity.Washington County Sheriff's Office

The Washington County Sheriff's Office Community Public Safety Academy is accepting applications for volunteers to participate in the 2015 iteration of this program. The Community Public Safety Academy supports the Sheriff's Office in its efforts to promote and preserve safe communities.

The Community Public Safety Academy is a 55-hour training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. This unique program provides community members with the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, including: introduction to law enforcement equipment; touring criminal justice facilities, including the county jail; live-action role playing scenarios; and overviews of crime scene investigations, patrol duties, jail activities and operations, K-9 teams, tactical operations, narcotics enforcement and much more.

The next Community Public Safety Academy begins Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 10. Each academy is limited to 40 students and is offered free of charge.

Classes are every Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with three weekend classes.

Classes are typically held in the Sheriff's Office training rooms at 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications for the academy are available on the Washington County Sheriff's Office website or by visiting Sheriff's Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton at 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us.

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