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June 27, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is now accepting registrations for the 2002 edition of the "Sheriff's Citizens Academy." The 13 week program will be held at the Okaloosa-Walton Community College Fort Walton Beach Campus, beginning July 10.

Citizens Academy classes will meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30 until 9:30, and will cover a wide variety of law enforcement related subjects. Academy faculty will include approximately two dozen members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, each conducting a class in his or her area of expertise.

Students in the Citizens Academy will learn how their Sheriff's Office operates, how Deputies are selected and trained, and how Deputies work within the law to conduct investigations, solve cases, and make arrests.

Public safety communications and 9-1-1 dispatching, School Resource Officers, Community Policing, marine law enforcement, environmental enforcement, traffic and DUI enforcement, hostage negotiation, Special Response Team, Fugitive Warrants Investigations, crime scene processing, domestic violence, child abuse, and sex crime investigation are among the topics to be covered.

Citizens interested in the Academy may pick up a registration form at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office in Crestview, Shalimar, Destin, or Santa Rosa Mall. More information is available by contacting Crime Prevention Officer Rebecca Nix at (850) 609-2005, or via the Internet at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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