July 12, 2007 -- To give members of the public a first-hand look at the inner workings of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara is inviting people to sign up for the 11th Sheriff’s Citizens Academy that runs from Aug. 8 – Oct. 3.
"This is a great opportunity to see how your Sheriff's Office really works," said Sheriff Mascara. "Classes meet Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheriff's Office on Midway Road. Two classes take place on Saturday: the firearms class and the law enforcement driving class."
The Sheriff said previous students have ranged in age from 18 to 87.
There are classes on terrorism, homeland security, underwater search and recovery, crime prevention, identity theft, technical services (CSI), special investigations and many other subjects.
Also included in the program are a tour of the courthouse, the county jail, 911 facilities, and the crime lab. Also students ride with a deputy, drive a patrol car and train at the firearms range. Also, there will be demonstrations by the Bomb Team, K-9 Unit, a view of the helicopter and one of the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit boats.
Many students have become Sheriff's Office volunteers. Others have become part-time or full-time employees.
There is a one-time fee of $2. Upon completion the students receive a graduation ceremony/dinner and a picture with the Sheriff, Ken J. Mascara.
The Sheriff’s Office has a Citizen’s Academy Alumni that meets periodically through the year for more educational courses.
Those who want more information and an application are asked to contact Linda Smeykal at Smeykall@stluciesheriff.com, (772) 462-3604 or visit the Sheriff's Office website at www.stluciesheriff.com. * * *