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Citizens' Police Academy to be offered

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The Delta County Sheriff's Office is offering a Citizens' Police Academy for Delta County residents. The academy will take place at the Technical College of the Rockies. Classes will be offered every Thursday beginning March 1. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m., depending on topic.

The purpose of the Citizens' Police Academy is not to recruit citizens to become police officers. The academy is designed to provide the community with an overview of the Delta County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement operations and to increase the level of understanding and cooperation between the community and officers. The classes in law enforcement provide a way to educate and develop positive relations with the citizens. This is part of an ongoing process to build community cooperation, understanding, and good will.

Applications are available from the sheriff's office or on the county website, www.deltacounty.com. Applications must be turned in to the sheriff's office at 555 Palmer Street, Delta, prior to start date. All applicants must be Delta County residents and must be 18 years or older. All applicants must complete the application and a background check. Class will be limited to 20 cadets, depending on applications received.

Topics include patrol, investigations, K-9, SWAT, crime scene investigation, dispatch, jail, traffic enforcement, traffic accident investigation, scenarios and more. Each cadet will get one ridealong with a deputy or sergeant.

For more information, contact Deputy Gates Shaklee at the Delta County Sheriff's Office, 874-2000, or email gshaklee@deltacounty.com.

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