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 August 4th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara invites community members to attend 19th Sheriff's Citizens Academy beginning Sept. 1
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is inviting members of the public to learn more about their Sheriff's Office by attending the 19th session of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy which begins Sept. 1 and runs for 10 weeks, ending Nov. 3.

Those who attend will get a close-up look and detailed knowledge about what the Sheriff's Office does to protect the public and help make this a positive, livable community.

"All age groups are welcome to attend the academy," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. "We have had students ranging in age from late teens to late 80s. Space is limited, so I encourage those who want to attend to act now."

Details, class schedules and applications are available on the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office website at this web page address:

http://www.stluciesheriff.community/citizens academy

Information is also available by contacting Linda Smeykal of the Training Unit, at 772-462-3604.

Those who want to attend must mail or fax a completed application form to: Training Unit, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. The fax number is (772) 462-3615.

Classes begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce. Graduation Nov. 3. All classes are on Thursday evenings, except for two Saturday classes.

Topics include: civil and criminal law, crime prevention, history and responsibilities of the Sheriff, patrol operations, criminal investigation, underwater search and recovery, bomb unit and K-9 unit demonstrations, and tours of the jail, courthouse security and the Emergency Operations Center. Students will also shoot real guns at the Sheriff's Office firearms range. Students will shoot a laser gun using our simulator, drive a Sheriff's Office vehicle, and participate in a four-hour ride-along with a patrol deputy, with numerous additional activities planned.

There is a one-time fee of $2 payable the first night of class. * * *

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