The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has announced open registration for the 2009 Citizen Academy, which will run from Sept. 10 through Dec. 3. Interested citizens will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 2501 Midpoint Drive in Fort Collins. One full Saturday session will be held on Sept. 26, which will include hands-on firearms Simunition training, crime scene investigation and car stop techniques. The academy will not meet during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Information, applications and class schedule may be obtained at the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Front Desk or online at http://larimersheriff.org/CitizensAcademy. Forms must be returned in person no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, along with a valid Colorado driver’s license and cash or check in the amount of $20.
Applicants to the academy must meet minimum requirements of being 18 years of age with no felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within two years of the start of the academy. In addition all applicants must be a resident or a business owner in Larimer County. Class size is limited and admittance will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Citizen Academy members are expected to make a personal commitment to attend all classes.
Classes for the 2009 Academy include:
Crime Lab presentation and tour
SWAT including Bomb Squad
Communications Center presentation and tour
Emergency Management and Emergency Operations
Investigation procedure including polygraph
Detention Center tour
Criminal Impact Unit Presentation
Arrest Control/Use of Force
Volunteer opportunities for citizens
“This Academy gives the general public a good overview of law enforcement, what we do and how we do it,” Sheriff Alderden said. “Those who have attended previous academies said they not only gained insight to the everyday workings of the Sheriff’s Office, but also had a great time doing so.”
For more information and on-line registration, please see our website at http://larimersheriff.org/CitizensAcademy/ or contact Eloise Campanella at (970) 498-5189 or Karen Mianecki at (970) 498-5153.