NEWKIRK — Law enforcement officers, including the Sherriff’s office, police and highway patrol, risk their lives to keep the community safe from crime. That work goes well beyond enforcing the law, however, and there are many activities done behind the scenes that residents may not know about. The Kay County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is letting area residents have a special experience with all that law enforcement officers do, with the annual Citizen Academy, set to begin March 12 at the Pioneer Technology Center and KCSO training room, 1101 W. Dry Road, Newkirk.
The Citizens Academy is a 12-week program that meets on Thursday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Detention Center. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 21.
Community involvement is the most powerful tool a law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. This academy is designed to promote better understanding between the KCSO and the citizens of Kay County.
Citizens will lean about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job, from recruiting, administration, patrol operations, dispatch communications, traffic enforcement, criminal law, juvenile offenders, detectives, crime scene investigations, K9 operations and the corrections facility and many other areas.
This training is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services It is to enhance community relations and to provide citizens with insights into the criminal justice system.
All applicants must reside in the Kay County area. They must also be 18 years old or older, and pass a background check before being accepted into the academy.
After the Academy, participants will become more aware of their surroundings in their daily lives, and have the tools necessary to help the KCSO as well as other law enforcement in the prevention of crime and help keep the community safe.
The deadline for applications is Feb. 21. Applications can be picked up at the detention center, or by calling (580) 362-3250. Applications can also be downloaded from the KCSO Web site, www.courthouse.kay.ok.us/214/Sheriffs-Citizen-Academy.
For more information, contact the KCSO at (580) 362-3250.