Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about law enforcement?

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizen Academy is getting underway and looking for volunteers.

The Citizen Academy is part of the organization’s work to promote and preserve a safe community, said Sgt. Vance Stimler, a spokesman for the agency.

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

Participants will learn about a variety of activities deputies are engaged in, from learning about police equipment to participating in jail activities, touring criminal justice facilities and participating in role-playing scenarios.

“There is real value in giving citizens an awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement in our communities,” Stimler said.

Topics include crime scene investigations, patrol, the county jail, K-9 teams, tactical operations, the use of firearms, narcotics enforcement and more.

The next Citizen Academy begins in March and runs through late May. Each academy is limited to 40 students.

Classes are held every Tuesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., with three weekend classes. Classes are typically held in the training rooms at the sheriff’s office at 215 S.W. Adams Ave. in Hillsboro.

Participants must be at least 18 and live in Washington County.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor at 503-846-2774 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications for the academy are available on the agency’s website, or be visiting sheriff’s office locations in Hillsboro or Beaverton at 3700 S.W. Murray Blvd.

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