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Pinellas Sheriff’s Office offers Citizen Academy

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s public outreach program is in high gear.

Residents of all ages are eligible to get firsthand law enforcement experience through a number of programs offered by the office.

Many of the opportunities are youth-oriented, but the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy is geared toward adults.

According to the //Sheriff’s Office website, the academy is meant to bring together a cross-section of community representatives for 12 weekly sessions. The sessions vary each week and include firearm familiarization, traffic enforcement, jail tours and SWAT demonstrations.

Younger residents have been able to join Explorer Post 900 for decades, and Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Monday the launching of his Teen Citizens Academy.

This academy is a free, six-week hands-on program for school-aged students ages 14–18 to learn about careers in law enforcement.

“In launching the Sheriff’s Teen Citizens Academy I hope to provide a free and fun avenue for interested students to learn first-hand how exciting and rewarding a career in law enforcement can be,” Gualtieri wrote in a press release.

Regarded the Explorers, the program recently wrapped up a visit from five other police Explorers from the New Glasgow Police Services Post in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Northern visitors joined Post 900 Explorers in Pinellas County from April 4–7 to take part in various training events.

The posts have been collaborating for two years to develop an exchange program. Post 900 Explorers traveled to Nova Scotia in 2013 and will make a return trip from April 23–27.

To learn more about Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office public outreach programs, call (727) 582-6221 or go to www.pcsoweb.com.

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