Behind the Badge with Leon County Citizen's Academy

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Jul 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-28 04:52:19-04

LEON CO., Fla. (WTXL) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office is gearing up for its latest Citizen's Academy. 

The 10-week course is all about building relationship between law enforcement and the community, and showing people what it's like to walk in the footsteps of a deputy.

Those taking part in the Citizen's Academy learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy's job from patrol operations and traffic enforcement to hostage negotiations and crime scene investigations.

There's also the opportunity to do a ride along with a deputy on duty, tour the jail and courthouse, attend a SWAT demonstration at the Law Enforcement Academy and shoot weapons used by officers.

You must apply to take part in the Citizen's Academy and pass a background check. You have to be at least 18 years old. Candidate's names will be entered into a lottery, and 30 people are picked at random to take part.

The application process is open now through Saturday. The class begins August 4.

For more information, call Lt. Nancy Burns at (850) 606-3331 or download the application here.