Sheriff’s department to host citizen academy

HANCOCK COUNTY — Starting in March, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department will host its annual Citizen’s Academy, a look at the daily responsibilities and operation of the department.

The department believes that educating the citizens of Hancock County will aid in police/community rapport and will help to dispel misconceptions and misunderstanding. In turn, the sheriff’s department hopes to become more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community through input from the students who enroll in the academy.

The eleven-week program covers a wide variety of law enforcement topics each week. Deputies, supervisors and civilian instructors will cover topics such as criminal law, traffic stops, Taser use, investigations and much more.

Classes are limited to 24 citizen attendees. All classes are free.

Any interested citizen who resides or works in Hancock County is encouraged to attend, but students must be citizens 18 years or older, have no prior felony convictions and be able to commit to all classes.

The academy will meet every Tuesday for ten weeks with a three-hour instruction period each session. The eleventh week will be field practice day to be held on a Saturday morning.

Classes begin on March 3rd and will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Applications may be picked up at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, 123 E. Main St., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To have an application mailed to you, call 317-477-1147.