Sheriff to start up Citizens Academy

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The popularity of television shows such as “CSI” has many questioning what goes on at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and how detectives solve crimes.

Some of those answers may be found in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Academy, offered at no cost this fall.

The academy is designed to give residents a better understanding of an officer’s daily duties and responsibilities.

The curriculum is similar that of the Police Academy and is taught by some of the same instructors.

The program is designed to promote relationships between the sheriff’s office and the community.

This nine-week course will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 5-Oct. 29.

Participants will be in the classroom and take  field trips to the firing range, where they will be given an opportunity to fire weapons used by the sheriff’s office.

They will go to the driving area and ride along in a cruiser for a defensive driving lesson. Students will also have an opportunity to ride along with an officer on their shift.

Topics to be covered include tactics and K-9 demonstrations; criminal investigations; narcotics and meth lab investigations; state law and the judicial system; and corrections.

The ninth meeting will be a graduation ceremony. Refreshments will be available.