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December 27, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the next "Sheriff's Citizen Academy."

The 19-week program will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Cinco Bayou Town Hall on Yacht Club Drive, beginning January 15. Instructors for the academy each week will be members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and guest speakers who will introduce the students to the many aspects of modern law enforcement. The program is intended to defuse myths and mis-information held by many citizens.

The academy is open to residents of Okaloosa County, age 18 and older. Applicants will be subject to a background check.

Tuition for the program is $25. For more information or to register, contact Kathleen Larney, crime Prevention Specialist, at (850) 609-2005. Additional information about the Citizens Academy can also be found on the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office web page 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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