The annual South County Citizens Academy is now accepting applicants for its eight-week seminar that introduces residents to the inner workings of South San Luis Obispo County’s three municipal police departments.
Beginning Aug. 20, free classes will run from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Pismo Beach Police Department at 1000 Bello St.
The academy offers community members lectures and hands-on demonstrations by members of the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach police departments, focusing on topics including community policing, patrol procedures, dispatch communications, investigations, traffic control and records systems.
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The goal of the academy is to “enlighten participants about the challenges and opportunities encountered in policing,” according to a news release. While the course is not designed to recruit police officers, it is a prerequisite for the departments’ Police Volunteer Programs.
Seating is limited. Applications can be obtained by contacting Pismo Beach Police Sgt. Anthony Hernandez at 805-596-5036 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Administrative Secretary Julie Casteneda at 805-773-7029.