Popular citizen's academy to return



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GREENFIELD — After a successful first run of its citizen’s academy, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is once again opening its doors to those who want a behind-the-scenes look at police work.

While citizen’s academies have been popular in years past at neighboring departments, 2013 marked the first year the sheriff’s department planned an extensive police program for the public.

And it was met with rave reviews, organizers said.

“I think it was … very successful, and we had some ideas, some little tweaks for the next one,” Sheriff Mike Shepherd said.

This year’s course kicks off March 4 and runs for 10 weeks. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Shepherd said he is looking forward to holding the academy classes at the department’s new facility at the county shooting range on East U.S. 40.

Lt. Bridget Foy, who led the class last year, will be returning to guide participants through each unit of the course.

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