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Tuesday, May 21, 2019  |  Permalink

Harnett Sheriff’s Office Graduates 25 from Citizens Academy

Applications now being accepted for Spring 2020 class

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office recently concluded its second Citizens Academy with a graduation ceremony and dinner for 25 participants and a guest. Citizens from all over Harnett County participated in a 12 week long program.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn more about law enforcement and the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office. During the class, participants received hands on experience which included a tour of the Sheriff’s Office, 911 communications center and the detention facility, patrol car training, simulation of a real life Crime Scene Investigation and latent print examination, court proceedings and courthouse security, special operations and a K-9 demonstration, and firearm safety and training at 37 PSR Gun Club firing range in Lillington.

Sheriff Wayne Coats thanked the graduates and commented about how appreciative he was that the Harnett County Commissioners not only supported the Academy, but were participating. Major Aaron Meredith thanked the graduates for committing their valuable time to the program and allowing the Sheriff’s Office to share their careers with them. Both the Sheriff and Major Meredith encouraged them to talk about the academy with the community in hopes they would receive more applications.

Graduates received a certificate and a special challenge coin for successful completion from the academy. This year’s class included Harnett County Commissioner Howard Penny, Town of Erwin Mayor Patsy Carson, Town of Coats Mayor Chris Coats and several other community citizens.

The Sheriff’s Office has filled all spots for the Fall 2019 class, but is now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 class.

Interested individuals must be at least 21 years old and have no felony convictions. Priority will be given to those who live in Harnett County. Space is limited and will fill up quickly.

Applications can be submitted online at http://www.harnettsheriff.com/citizens-academy.asp. For more information on the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy, contact Lt. Dominic Alvarado at 910-893-0130.

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