Corvallis, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 5th and meets for ten sessions ending October 24th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.
The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for September 16th and October 21st. Most classes meet at the Law Enforcement Building in Corvallis.
During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.
The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.
"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 28, 2017.
Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2017-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.