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Citizens police academy seeking participants
Classes start soon
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Spaces are quickly filling for the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.


Now in its 10th year, the academy, which gives citizens an inside look at how local law enforcement operates, now offers the opportunity for participants to dig deeper into the field with several new hands-on components, like crime scene investigations and weapon simulator activities.


The five week course begins Oct. 14 with an introduction by Sheriff Billy Carlisle and his administrative staff.


Week two includes K9 operations and an overview of the department’s uniform patrol division, followed by demonstrations by the sheriff’s special response team on week three.


Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two optional Saturday classes to participate in live special response drills and later solve a mock crime using learned crime scene techniques.


“The scenarios we’re going to set up with the simmunition guns are going to be a lot of fun for the participants,” said program coordinator Lt. Tony Wooten.


The new hands-on activities were a hit with participants when Wooten updated the course last year.


“You can just get so much more out of physically participating than from sitting in a class and listening to someone lecture,” he said.


For more information or to register for the course, call Wooten at (706) 344-3535.