The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for its Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.
The 17-week academy, which begins Aug. 27, is intended to familiarize El Dorado County residents with aspects of law enforcement and the Sheriff's Office's role in the community.
The Sheriff's Office has instituted concepts of community-oriented policing and problem solving. The program aims to open a positive line of communication with citizens and involve the community in some of the decisions regarding law enforcement, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Academy sessions will cover community relations, patrol functions, the K-9 program, property crimes, gangs, narcotics, probable cause, search and seizure, court decisions, traffic laws, criminal and crime scene investigations, arrest and defensive tactics, and performing vehicle stops.
Academy participants will have an opportunity to observe procedures first hand. Each member will be assigned to a four-hour ride-along with a patrol deputy as the deputy works his or her beat.
Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. one night per week, typically Tuesdays, at the sheriff's Placerville OES training facility. Admission to the academy is on a first-come, first-served basis and is offered free of charge. The academy that begins Aug. 27 will conclude Dec. 17.
Applications are available on the sheriff's website at edcgov.us/Government/Sheriff/Programs/Citizen_s_Academy.aspx.
For general questions regarding the program, call Sgt. Jeff Leikauf at (530) 621-7400, ext. 8211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding the application process, call Teresa Wren, community services officer, at (530) 621-6533 or e-mail email@example.com.