Citizens Police Academy seeks applicants

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to  serve an emergency protective order, make a vehicle stop or patrol the streets of Grant County, then here’s your chance to find out.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is sponsoring its first Citizen’s Police Academy next month.

Participants must be 21, have a valid driver’s license and are subject to a background check. There can be no misdemeanor domestic violence charges or felony convictions on your record.
The class is limited to 20 participants and the deadline to submit an application is Aug. 23. Applications are available at the sheriff’s office on Barnes Road and the Grant County Judicial Center on Main Street in Williamstown.

“We want to get the public familiar with what we do,” said Sgt. Tim Slone, of the GCSO. “We felt this was a good way to foster a better relationship with the public.”
The class will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. starting Thursday, Sept. 5 and last for six weeks.

Participants must attend each session to graduate.
“It doesn’t serve much purpose if someone comes to the first meeting and misses the next two,” Slone said. “We want them to come for the beginning and stay to the end because each week will be hands on.”
During the six-week sessions, participants will cover:

• An introduction into police work

• Patrol procedures

• Courts

• Domestic Violence (including emergency protective orders and domestic violence orders) and the CRT (critical response and intervention team)
• K-9 and weapons

Students will use a shooting simulator, as well as a police radio and will have training in pulling over vehicles and writing citations.
“Some of the these scenarios will go smoothly and others may not be so smooth,” Slone said.

“Ninety-nine percent of what a police officer does on a daily basis is routine, but there’s that 1 percent of the time that anything could happen,” Slone said. “Our purpose will be to show what law enforcement officers face on a daily basis.”

Slone has been with the GCSO since 2009. He oversees security at the Grant County Judicial Center, as well as the home incarceration and alcohol monitoring programs.

“We’re looking forward to this because it will allow us to develop a partnership with the community,” Slone said.
For more information, call 859-824-3333.