Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes is organizing a citizens academy that will begin this month.
Classes start Wednesday and end Oct. 12, meeting every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Citizens interested may pick up an application at the sheriff’s office on the first floor of the Justice Center or at the jail on Airport Road.
The academy is for residents who are at least 21 who are interested in establishing a partnership with members of law enforcement and in seeing how a public safety agency works.
The weekly two-three hour sessions will cover different aspects of law enforcement.
The curriculum covers operations of the sheriff’s office, and the role citizens play in crime control efforts.
In addition to classroom training, the academy students will ride with deputies on patrol, tour the jail and watch mock crime scene processing and traffic stops, as well as learn about firearms.
Seating is limited. Applications will be reviewed, references checked and criminal histories ran.