Citizen's Police Academy participants sought

January 17, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is seeking Tri-State-area residents to participate in its biannual Citizen’s Police Academy.

Deputy 1st Class Dan Watson said participants will be taught several aspects of law enforcement, including gang awareness and disaster preparedness.

“It’s open to anybody who wants to attend,” Watson said. “The first night is an orientation. They’ll get to talk to (Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore) and bend his ear.”

He said the academy is open to residents of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Watson said people who are interested must complete an application and undergo a background check to ensure they don’t have a major criminal record. The class is open to people 18 or older, but minors will be accepted if they are accompanied by an adult.

The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from March 8 to May 17 at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 500 Western Maryland Parkway, he said. Two Saturday classes are scheduled to let trainees practice in the Fire Arms Training Simulator and to receive hands-on training in a mock disaster.

Watson said some of the other instructional topics will include arrest procedures, computers crimes and teaching students how to look up sex offenders. They’ll also be given a tour of the Washington County Detention Center.

Organizers would like people who are interested to submit their applications by March 1, Watson said.

To get an application for the Citizen’s Police Academy, call Detective 1st Class Dan Watson at 240-313-2195 or go to

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