By Caroline Belleci
Have you ever wondered what the daily work of a police officer is like? Have you ever dreamed of being a police officer? Or are you just an interested citizen that would like to better educate yourself? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you could become a graduate of the Pierce County Sheriff Citizens Community Academy like the recent 24 graduates from University Place, Lakewood and other surrounding communities did. The class graduated Thursday, May 19th after attending the thirteen week course which looked at all aspects of law enforcement, forensics, legal system, drug enforcement, police tactics, K-9, gang unit, tour of the jail and the shooting range to name a few of the classes.
The classes were facilitated by Pierce County Sheriff Deputies who are assigned to the University Place Detachment – Sargent Mike Blair and Deputy Aaron Wright and the actual classes were taught by department area experts and deputies. The ages of participants ranged from high school to retired persons and everyone in between. The class was made up of a cross section of the community, those interested in law enforcement careers and those just interested in learning more about how our officers train and do their jobs daily. The common theme expressed by many of the class graduates was being provided the opportunity to see the human side of law enforcement and getting to know our police officers in a very personal way.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has held these Community Academies since 1993 as an opportunity to promote a positive partnership between the community and law enforcement. The County schedules these classes throughout Pierce County in the fall and spring. The next class for University Place will be held next year. For information on the academy and how to register go the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department website.
Editor’s Note: I apologize for the lateness with posting this story. Not sure what happened, but its online now.