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Sheriff's office offers public safety academy

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the Community Public Safety Academy.

The academy is a 55-hour training program combining classroom and hands-on instruction to members of the community.

The next session begins Sept. 1 and runs every Tuesday evening, 6 to 9:30 p.m., through Nov. 10. There are also three weekend classes. Classes are held in the WCSO training rooms at 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro.

This program provides community members the opportunity to observe first-hand the daily operations of the WCSO, including an introduction to law enforcement equipment, a tour of criminal justice facilities, live-action role playing scenarios, an overview of crime scene investigations, patrol duties, K9 teams, narcotics enforcement and more.

The academy is limited to 40 students and is offered free of charge. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications are available on the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website, co.washington.or.us/sheriff or at Sheriff’s Office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor, 503-846-2774 or Darlene_schnoor@co.washington.or.us.

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