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WALHALL — Spots are still available for the inaugural Oconee County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Police Academy set for September.

Oconee County residents can sign up at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website. Participants must be 18 or older.

Those selected will meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office. Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, SWAT team operations, plus a judicial overview by one of the local judges, information on detention and narcotics.

The Citizens Police Academy will be held each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Nov. 4. All classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. except for Nov. 4, when the class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. because of Election Day.

A SWAT demonstration will take place at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Advance Firearms and Tactical Training Center from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13.

Participants will be given a shirt, a certificate and a class photo when the Academy is completed. Missing two of more classes could result in a disqualification from the program.

The selection process will include a background check. Class size is limited to 25 due to logistic limitations. Those selected to participate will be notified.

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