Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Starting Again

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PRESS RELEASE – The Athens County Sheriff’s Office will be holding its next Citizens Academy starting April 9, 2015.

Applications for the Citizens Academy are available at the Athens County Sheriff’s Office located at Washington Street, Athens or you can contact our office and we will forward you an application upon your request. The deadline to turn in a completed application is April 3rd.

The Citizens Academy is a 10 week long program consisting of one class a week on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 830pm.

The classes cover topics such as community relations, patrol procedures, Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail tour, K­9 operations, criminal and narcotics investigations, criminal law and the legal system, and special response team (SRT) utilization.

The presentations are slide show/lecture style and will be given by deputies and detectives of the Athens County Sheriff’s Office along with other subject matter experts currently working in our local criminal justice system. There will also be multiple opportunities for hands­on learning through equipment demonstrations, practical scenarios, and face to face interaction with your Sheriff’s Office.

The Citizens Academy is free to the public. Seats are limited and will be filled based on a first come/first serve basis. The Athens County Sheriff’s Office encourages all applicants to be able to commit to the full 10 weeks to get the most out of the program. Graduates of the Citizens

Academy cannot miss more than three (3) academy dates to receive a certificate of completion.

Qualifications to attend include:

  • Live or work in Athens County;
  • Must be 18 years of age and older;
  • Completing a Citizens Academy application and
  • Must clear a local records and criminal history check.

Any additional questions about the Citizens Academy can be directed to Deputy Jim Childs at the below contact information:
Community Relations Officer, Deputy Jim Childs