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Sheriff’s office preparing for spring citizens academy

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By The Staff

The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is planning a citizens academy this spring.

The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 17-May 29. The final meeting will include a graduation ceremony.

“The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

There is no cost to attend.

People interested in taking part can pick up an application at the sheriff’s office at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.

Lt. Rick Baker said people can also call the sheriff’s office at 376-5582 for more about the academy.

The program also provides participants with hands-on experience, such as using sheriff’s office weapons at a firing range and taking ride-alongs with officers.

“The academy is a community oriented policing program that acquaints citizens with a clearer understanding of an officer’s daily duties and responsibilities,” the press release.

“The academy curriculum is similar to that taught to officers and will be taught by some of the same instructors.”

Topics to be covered during the academy include patrol tactics, criminal investigations, Tennessee law and the judicial system, and the daily operations of a corrections officer.