September 8 will mark the commencement of Loudoun’s 38th Citizen’s Police Academy, where citizens get the chance to learn about all aspects of law enforcement from Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office personnel.
Topics include patrol procedures, criminal and drug investigation, court/jail procedures, community policing, specialized units and simulation training. Participants who complete the class also have the opportunity of going on a ride-a-long with a deputy.
“The program is designed to enhance our residents and community leaders understanding of the Sheriff’s Office operations and the challenges faced by deputies and Sheriff’s Office employees,” Kraig Troxell, LCSO Public Information Officer, said.
“This Citizens’ Police Academy is part of an effort to build public trust and create new partnerships” he added.
The class is offered twice a year since 1994, and is free. The upcoming class will be held each Thursday at 7 p.m. from Sept. 8 through Nov. 17. Each session will be two and a half hours long.
Participation in the 25-person class is open to Loudoun County residents over the age of 18 who have not been convicted of a felony, or have a warrant out for their arrest. To enroll in the class, contact Emir Bekric at the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at (703) 737-8238, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. This will be the second Citizens’ Police Academy class sponsored by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office this year. The next session will be held in the spring of 2017.