Community Awareness Academy sheds light on law enforcement

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It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office’s popular Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency.

This fall, classes will be held from 6-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in Auburn. No class will be held Oct. 8 due to the Columbus Day holiday.

Participants are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Attendees will hear from members of the department’s special units and take field trips to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center and air operations hangar.

Classes will be held in the Community Room of the Placer County Sheriff headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center at 2929 Richardson Drive, in North Auburn’s DeWitt Center.

The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works. On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, bomb squad, Special Enforcement Team, marine unite, investigations, hostage negotiators and drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team.

The academy is intended to provide citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff’s Office functions policies and procedures, as well as to get them involved in their community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement’s role in the community.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot, contact Community Services Officer Kim Rivera at (530) 889-6922 or email her at