Friday, January 8, 2016

2nd Annual Citizen's Police Academy

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce its second annual Citizen's Police Academy. The Sheriff's Office has found that education has been the most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. Through implementation of the Citizen's Police Academy, the Sheriff's Office can offer the 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's Police Academy is a ten-week program where citizens from the community attend a three-hour class for one night each week. Citizens who wish to attend may download the application from the Sheriff's Office website: or pick one up at the Sheriff's Office at 301 Park Street in Rockland. Completed applications can be returned to the Sheriff's Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After review, the Sheriff and her staff will select all attendees. Sheriff's Office personnel will teach classes.

The curriculum will cover such areas as the history of the Sheriff's Office, including a tour of the facility, Maine law, patrol procedures, criminal investigation, evidence recovery, and specialties such as K-9 patrol, drug enforcement, and more. Each participant can also elect to go on a ride-along with a patrol deputy and receive basic hands-on training in the mechanics of arrest control and basic hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Classes begin March 16th and are held every Wednesday night from 6 - 9 p.m.

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