Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office citizens police academy begins this month
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will begin the 41st session of its eight-week citizens police academy this month.
All citizens who are at least 18 years old and live and work in Beaufort County are eligible to apply for a spot in the academy. More than 2,100 people have participated since the program started in 2002.
Beaufort classes will run from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 22, at the law enforcement center at 2001 Duke St. Bluffton/Hilton Head classes will be 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 24, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s New River campus.
Participants will learn about almost all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office and have face time with its decision and policymakers. The Sheriff’s Office will provide each member with an in-depth digital manual and refreshments.
The topics covered by academy instructors will include enforcement, criminal investigations, civil process, warrants, juvenile services, training, homeland security, drug enforcement, traffic enforcement, special teams, gangs and the budget process.
The academy provides various hands-on demonstrations, including a crime scene processing scenario, exercises in a firearm training simulator, an active shooter event, a citizen ride-along and field trips to the emergency management center and range facility.
The sessions will conclude with a discussion with Sheriff P.J. Tanner.
Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Office or www.bcso.net. They can be emailed to email@example.com, faxed to 843-255-9457 or mailed to P.O. Box 1758, Beaufort, SC 29901. Seating is limited.
For questions or comments, contact MSgt. Mike Jennings at 843-255-3287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.