The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the second Citizens' Academy being held in 2012.
The Citizens' Academy begins on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, and classes will be held every Tuesday evening for seven weeks from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. culminating in a graduation on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
The Academy will offer participants a broad overview and unique insight into the various functions of the Sheriff's Office. Participants will be involved in a ride-along with deputies to observe first hand the variety of calls handled by the Sheriff's Office. A tour of the Criminal Justice Center will be conducted to demonstrate the challenges facing our detention staff. Topics of discussion will include the intricacies of a criminal investigation as detectives take them through the investigative process. Additionally, participants will learn about use of force, vice and narcotics operations, and emergency services, which includes our Wildland Fire and Search & Rescue teams.
The Citizens' Academy also serves as a pre-requisite for those who are interested in participating in the Sheriff's Citizen Patrol (SCP) volunteer program. Citizen Academy attendees interested in this program would be required to complete the SCP Academy for an additional four weeks.
Those interested in attending the Citizens' Academy can download and print an application from the Sheriff's Office Website at http://shr.elpasoco.com/ or may contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Cathryn Richards at 719-520-7216, to request an application. There is no charge to attend the Citizens' Academy; however, seating will be limited to the first forty completed applications received. Applications must be returned no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 24, 2012.