Applicants Being Sought for Citizens Police Academy
Annual Academy Educates Citizens on Sheriff’s Office Operations
(Harford County, MD) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is once again offering Harford County residents the opportunity to attend the annual Citizens Police Academy – a 14 week program designed to provide residents with a better understanding of the Sheriff’s Office and its operations and to foster a partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the communities it serves.
This year’s academy, which is free of charge, will be held every Thursday beginning March 3, 2005, through June 9, 2005, and is open to any Harford County resident 18 years of age or older. Community groups, businesses and elected officials also are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate.
Sheriff R. Thomas Golding said the Citizens Police Academy was created eleven years ago after several high-profile national events caused the public perception of police officers to falter. “We know the actions of some agencies and the impact of television can create an impression of police departments that is not accurate”, Golding said. “Our academy is designed to teach citizens how police operate in today’s society, specifically Harford County and provides participants a greater understanding of the Sheriff’s Office organizational structure and operations as well as the laws that help define agency policy and procedures” Golding said. Weekly classroom instruction will include overviews of nearly every aspect of Sheriff’s Office operations, from patrol services and criminal investigation to the agency’s K-9 Unit, Dive Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team. Deputies will provide presentations on topics such as personal safety, drug identification, and gang activity. Students will supplement their classroom training with field trips to the Harford County Detention Center, the Harford County Emergency Operations Center, the Sheriff’s Office Evidence Collection Unit, and both the Northern and Southern Precincts.
As part of the Academy, students will have the opportunity to use the agency’s Firearms Training System. This state-of-the-art video training system lets students experience, in as realistic a setting as possible, the milliseconds in which police officers are sometimes forced to make life and death decisions.
The class is open to the public. Space will fill quickly and enrollment is limited to twenty-five students. Closing date for applications will be February 24, 2005. For further information contact the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy at 410-638-3860, or log on to the Sheriff’s Office web site at www.harfordsheriff.org and select the link to the Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy.