Second law enforcement citizens’ academy begins April 5

The Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting community members for its second Citizens Academy, which will begin on April 5. The first academy was held last fall, and 10 students completed the eight-week course.
Sheriff James Pearson said they have expanded the spring session to 10 classes. “Last year, we got behind a little bit and missed some things,” he said, adding that they learned from that inaugural class and decided to add two more nights to the schedule.
The two-hour classes will be held every Tuesday evening starting at 7 pm, with one Saturday class scheduled on May 21 for a firearms range day. Pearson said the academy is essentially intended to teach the public “what we do, why we do it, why we do some things and don’t do others.”
The curriculum will be similar to that offered in the first academy. The sheriff, his deputies, other office personnel and speakers in related fields will discuss patrol procedures, arrests, criminal investigations, jail and dispatch operations. Pearson also said they will introduce some elements of CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training during the academy. Among the guest speakers will be District Attorney Franklin McDonough, County Attorney Ty Sparks and representatives from the Texas Department of Public Service and Parks and Wildlife Department.
“We’re looking forward to doing it again,” Sheriff Pearson said. “We had fun with it last year.”
Academy participants must be 21 years of age, must reside in Hemphill County, must pass a background check and be of good moral character. Pearson said the class size will be limited to 10-15 students. He encouraged community members to stop by the Sheriff’s Office, located at 401 Purcell Ave. to request an application, or to request one from any SO employee.
For more information, call 806.323.5324.

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