Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Citizen Police Academy

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison and the Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce the offering of its First Annual Citizen Police Academy. The Knox County Sheriff's Office has found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. Through implementation of the Citizen Police Academy, the Sheriff's Office can offer citizens of Knox County new insights into how police, corrections officers, and dispatchers perform their duties, as well as how these departments serve the community.

The Citizen Police Academy is an eight-week program where citizens attend a three-hour class one night a week beginning September 30, 2015. The classes are Wednesday nights from 6 - 9 p.m.

Applications for the Citizen Police Academy can be found at this link. Completed applications should be returned to the Sheriff's Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or you can mail it to:

Sgt. Lance Mitchell
Knox County Sheriff's Office
301 Park Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Applications are due in to Sgt. Mitchell by September 28th if you wish to participate in the Citizen Police Academy in 2015.
Sergeant Lance Mitchell will be the Lead Instructor and classes will be taught by Knox County deputies. We will also have guest speakers from the Knox County District Attorney's Office, the Knox Regional Communications Center (9-1-1/Dispatch), the Maine State Marine Patrol, the Maine Warden's Service, and others.

The curriculum will cover such areas as History of Policing, Maine Law, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigative Techniques, Evidence Recovery, K-9 Program, Drug Recognition Expert Program, etc. Each academy participant will also receive hands-on training in Arrest Control, and Basic Hand to Hand Combat Techniques. Role-playing is also an important component of the program.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office's Citizen Police Academy will be a great success in closing any gap between the community and the Sheriff's Office. We look forward to seeing you in September!

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