By Caitlin Vanoverberghe
GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for the annual Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy.
This 11-week course explores the department’s daily operations through weekly three-hour classes covering a variety of topics. Those who participate can also take part in K-9, S.W.A.T. and Taser demonstrations and join tours of the central dispatch office and county jail. All participants will also be taught how to safely shoot a firearm.
What’s the history?
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department started its citizen’s academy as a way to offer an in-depth look into what public safety officials deal with every day and combat any misconceptions the public might have.
The classes also give deputies the chance to gauge the concerns and expectations of those they serve.
Who can participate?
Anyone over the age of 18 residing or working in Hancock County may sign up for the class. Participants must not have a felony record.
Participants must also be able to commit to the full 11-week course. Classes begin March 3 and will continue every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the sheriff’s department.
How do I sign up?
Applications may be picked up at the department or downloaded from the department’s website, hancockcoingov.org (Click “Sheriff”). For more information, contact Detective Sgt. Bridget Foy at 317-477-1147.
Applications should be dropped off at or mailed to the sheriff’s department. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. at Feb. 25.