Sheriff's Office Annual Citizen's Police Academy Accepting Applicants

(Bel Air, Md. – January 30, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is once again offering citizens of the county the opportunity to attend the annual Citizen’s Police Academy. The 14-week program provides residents with a better understanding of their Sheriff’s Office in an effort to foster a partnership between the agency and community.

This year’s academy, which is free of charge to residents of the county, will be held every Tuesday beginning March 7 and will continue through June 13, 2006. The academy is opening to any Harford County resident 18 years of age or older. Additionally, community groups, businesses and elected officials are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate in the academy.

Weekly classroom instruction will include overviews of practically all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, including patrol services, criminal investigation, the K-9 unit, dive team, and crisis negotiation. Deputies will provide information on topics such as personal safety, drug identification and gangs. Students will supplement their classroom training with field trips to the Harford County Detention Center, Emergency Operations Center, Sheriff’s Office Evidence Collection Unit, as well as both Northern and Southern precincts.

During the academy students will have the opportunity to use the agency’s Firearms Training System (FATS). This state-of-the-art video training system allows students to experience, in a realistic setting; examples of scenarios police officers are confronted with, including those requiring life and death decisions.

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy was created 13 years ago in an effort to better inform and educate the public as to how police work in today’s society. Commenting on the academy, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “The Citizens Police Academy is not designed to turn ordinary citizens into police officers, but rather to help them better understand and appreciate the Sheriff’s Office and the laws that define our policy and procedures.”

For further information, contact the Harford County Sheriff’s office website at Enrollment is limited to 25 students. Closing date for applications is February 24, 2006.

Press Release

January 30, 2006