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Sheriff’s Office offers citizens academy
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Ever wanted to get a deeper understanding of how law enforcement works and what goes into running a department that deals with all facets of the industry?

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office has got you covered.

The agency – the largest in the county with departments dedicated to patrol, auto theft, boating safety, corrections, and courts – is currently looking for adults who would like to participate in the Citizen’s Academy that begins next month.

Classes begin on Wednesday, Feb. 5 and are held every week from 6 to 9 p.m. through April. The cost of participating is $20 and is open to eligible adults that are seeking to learn more about law enforcement in their community and the way that everything operates.

Content and focus areas of the academy will include the history of the office of the sheriff, communications operations, roles and responsibilities of the uniformed deputy, major crime investigations, jail operations, marine patrol, deadly force and firearms, gangs, judicial process in the courtroom, SWAT, community policing strategies and more.

Upon acceptance to the program adults will need to bring the $20 to the first class meeting where it will be collected to help defray the cost of an academy t-shirt, court materials, and a graduation gathering.

To be eligible to participate applications must be 18 years of age with a valid California driver’s license and no pending criminal cases or outstanding warrants. Applicants must also not have a felony on their record, and not committed a misdemeanor within the previous 12 months.

All who apply must also live or work in San Joaquin County.

The program, much like the one that Lathrop Police Services operates for kids during the summer months with the Lathrop Manteca Fire District, aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the public and educate people about what goes into the daily tasks required to run a department the size of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

For additional information visit the Citizen’s Academy website at, or the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office website at

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.