The Sheriff’s Office uses a variety of methods to build relationships within the community we serve. The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy will introduce community members to functions and activities within the Sheriff’s Office. A Sheriff Citizen’s Academy offers an opportunity to describe law enforcement the way it really is….not the television version, but give our own local, real-life version of how we go about doing our job. The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy provides an opportunity for Ravalli County Citizens to better understand law enforcement work, and is another tool for us to inform the public and obtain citizen input. The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy can provide stronger citizen-deputy relationship and enhance lines of communication.
The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy is an eight week course designed to familiarize citizens with various aspects of their local Sheriff’s Office, such as administrative philosophy, how their Sheriff’s Office operates, and the challenges our community faces. The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy will consist of classroom and hands on training.
The program covers procedures from patrol and investigations, domestic violence, use of force, defensive tactics, and Detention Center operations, as well as drug education and other operational tasks. The curriculum does not fulfill State of Montana certification requirements for peace officers.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIRMENTS TO ATTEND?
The Sheriff Citizen’s Academy is free, but space is limited to 20 participants. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside in Ravalli County, and must be willing to attend all scheduled classes. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. Applicants will be chosen at the discretion of the Sheriff’s Administration.
WHEN DOES THE CLASS MEET?
There will be one or two academies per year.
Applicants are required to meet one evening a week (including graduation night) for a total of 8 weeks. Evening classes will run from 06:00pm-09:00pm hours, and potentially a Saturday session may run from 09:00am-05:00pm hours. Applicants will be encouraged to schedule a ride-along with a sworn deputy.
WHO INSTRUCTS THE SHERIFF CITIZEN’S ACADEMY?
Instructors are Deputies and personnel from the Sheriff’s Office who speak on their areas of expertise, as well as specialized quest speakers.
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