The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications until Friday, Aug. 8, for the fall session of its Citizens Academy, which provides citizens with an inside look at local law enforcement.
The nine-week academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the office, policies and procedures.
The fall academy runs from Aug. 27, to Oct. 29, every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., although there will be no class the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Students will learn about police ethics, communications, crime prevention, criminal law, the correctional system and more.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office hopes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community through the education provided by the Citizens Academy. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy, but the weekly sessions are not designed to make the participant a deputy sheriff.