Sheriff’s academy open for registration

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Want to go behind the scenes of the Placer County Sheriff’s office? It’s time to sign up for the Sheriff’s Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency. Attendees are asked to attend all seven classes, which cover a different topic. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning March 9 and ending March 30. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take “field trips” to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar. Classes will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff Department’s headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center, which will also be toured. The center is located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center. Classes are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff’s administrators and an overview of how the department works. On subsequent nights, air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force will make presentations. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at 652-2419 or e-mail ~ Staff report