The Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for its citizens’ academy – an eleven-week program that gives people a look at the inner workings of the jail and other operations.
Participants commit for one night a week – Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting on Feb. 19. They’ll tour parts of the jail, including the arrest processing center and a facility that houses inmates in the northern part of the county.
Attendees will also receive firearms instruction and training, instruction in civilian self-defense and ride along with deputy sheriffs. They’ll also hear from staff members who specialize in working with sex offenders, domestic violence and other units.
Space is limited, but people interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy can go to www.mecksheriff.com and click on community services/citizens’ academy or call 704-432-1915 and leave a message.
The Sheriff’s Office will run a background check on applicants, because of law enforcement sensitivity issues.