A limited number of seats are left for the spring 2012 Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Citizen’s Academy, slated to begin April 7.
Applications are being accepted in person through March 30 at the department headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.
The spring Citizen’s Police Academy meets six consecutive Saturdays at the department headquarters from 8 a.m. to noon. To be considered, each applicant must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Doña Ana County, and have a valid driver’s license or photo ID. Because of the sensitive nature of police work, a brief background check will be performed on all applicants. Applicants must not have any prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within the last three years.
Citizen’s Academy classes are interactive, giving each participant hands-on knowledge of how sheriff’s deputies are trained to handle real-life situations. Class members will examine traffic enforcement, understand the use of force (including the use of deadly force) observe K-9 demonstrations and presentations by the special-response team, bomb squad, and animal control. Several field trips are planned, including a tour of the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority and the Doña Ana County Detention Center.
The spring Citizen’s Academy is free of charge and runs April 7 through May 12, 2012. Applications can be downloaded online at www.donaanacounty.org/sheriff, and are also available at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.
For more information, call (575) 386-4302 or contact Deputy Michelle Ugalde via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.