Academy helps spread the word

Sheriff Al Solomon, left, talks to the Citizens Academy participants  about different aspects of the sheriff's office and its duties Thursday.
Staff Writer

The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office kicked off the third annual Citizens Academy last week. The academy is a roughly four-week course designed to show county residents the ins and outs of everything the sheriff’s office handles.

This year, about 14 people are participating in the Citizens Academy, including a county official, retired professionals and businesspeople from all over the county.

During the course, the participants learn about everything the sheriff’s office does, Sheriff Al Solomon said. Topics for the class include learning about the dispatchers’ roles, watching a taser demonstration, seeing how detectives handle serious cases and learning more about the K9 unit. Thursday night, the participants took a tour of the jail, and they will also tour the courthouse. Each participant also has the opportunity to do a four-hour ride along with a deputy.

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