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 February 3rd, 2006  
Public invited to become students at St. Lucie Sheriff’s Citizens Academy
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara invites members of the public to learn more about the criminal justice system by enrolling in the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. The academy is free. The 20-member class will take 42 ½ hours of classes beginning Feb. 28 and ending April 25. Classes will take place once a week, on Tuesday nights, and twice on Saturdays. “Those who enroll will gain detailed knowledge of how the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office protects the public to make our community safe and livable,” Sheriff Mascara said. Topics will include criminal and civil law, proactive law enforcement, investigations, detention, emergency operations, and tools of the trade including bomb disposal, the K-9 Unit and how deputies train with firearms. Members of the Citizens Academy will drive Sheriff’s patrol cars on a training course and will be able to shoot firearms at the Sheriff's Office training range. Students also will have a four-hour ride-along with a patrol deputy to see for themselves how deputies react to situations they face on the street. Information is available by calling 462-3604, the Sheriff's Office Training Unit. Because class size is limited, those who want to participate are asked to call as soon as possible.

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