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Citizen's Academy Gives Insight into Being A Sheriff's Deputy

The Leon County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for its Citizen’s Academy. The academy lets people live a day in the life of a Leon County deputy.

Citizen’s Academy classes explain many aspects of a deputy’s job, from administrative duties to hostage negotiations. Students also get to ride with a deputy, watch a SWAT demonstration, and even fire a high-powered weapon. Lieutenant Nancy Burns said it’s a way for the community to connect with the Sheriff’s Department.

“They come in thinking they know this and that about the Sheriff’s Office, but then, once they leave, they realize some of the manpower issues we have, some of the budget constraints we have, plus, why we do some of the things we do,” said Burns.

The Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications until August. Classes start August sixth, and run for ten weeks. To read more about Citizen's Academy and to learn how to apply, visit: