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Sheriff's office offers public safety academy

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Public Safety Academy is offering citizens the opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and the sheriff’s office. The group is looking for volunteers to join the group, which works to promote and preserve a safe community for all citizens.

The 55-hour training program combines classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community. It also gives community members an opportunity to observe the inner workings of the sheriff’s office.

Participants will learn about police equipment, jail activities and criminal justice facilities, including crime-scene investigations, patrol, the county jail, K-9 teams, tactical operations, and use of firearms, narcotics enforcement and more.

The next Community Public Safety Academy runs Tuesday, March 17, through June 2. Each academy is limited to 40 students and is free. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with two weekend classes. Classes are typically held in the training rooms at the Sheriff’s Office, 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and live in Washington County. For more information, call Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or email her at darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us. Applications for the academy are available on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website, or by visiting Sheriff’s Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton at 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd.

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