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Want an inside look at the Placer County Sheriff Office?

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It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s Community Awareness Academy. Classes are held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Oct. 5-28 and attendees are asked to attend all eight classes. 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 Sheriffs headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center. The center is located 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, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team. The academy is intended to provide the citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Office’s functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting 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. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or e-mail her at lharriso@placer.ca.gov. ~Staff report