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Academy offers look at Placer County Sheriff's Office

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It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency. Classes are held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Oct. 5 and ending Oct. 28. Attendance at all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic, is requested. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at 652-2419. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take “field trips” to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar. Classes will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center, located at 2929 Richardson Dr. in the Dewitt Center in Auburn. The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works. On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team. The academy provides citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Office’s functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting them involved in their community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community.