Spots available for Sheriff’s initial Youth Citizen’s Academy July 21-25
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The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office will host its first ever Youth Citizen's Academy, which will run July 21-25.

The five-day academy is designed to give young people the opportunity to learn about the Sheriff’s Office, its operations and gain knowledge and understanding of the functions and responsibilities of providing law enforcement services in Sonoma County. 

Classes are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and are held at the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office main building located at 2796 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa. 

Applicants must be between the ages of 14-18 years old (only 18-year-olds entering their senior year of high school in the 14-15 school year will be eligible). 

During the academy, students will tour the Main Office and Main Adult Detention Facility, learn about Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, communications, basic criminal law, the correctional system, specialty and investigation units, careers in law enforcement, and more. Students will also learn about volunteer opportunities, different career paths within law enforcement and what they can do as a youth living in Sonoma County to make the community safer for everyone. 

Academy classes are taught by Sheriff Office management and veteran personnel. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Sheriff and many staff members. They will be encouraged to ask questions and be actively involved in each presentation. 

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office hopes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community through the education provided by the Youth Academy. 

Potential candidates for the Youth Academy must meet the following criteria: 

• Be between the ages of 14-18 years (18 year olds must be entering 2014-15 senior year of high school).

• Must live or go to school in Sonoma County. 

• No prior felony or misdemeanor convictions. 

• Any of the above listed requirements may be waived upon review and approval of the Sheriff. 

All applicants will be subject to a background check and must have the permission of their parent or legal guardian. Enrollment is limited to approximately 20 students per academy. Once the class is filled, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list. For an application, go to www.sonomasheriff.org. 

Contact Jennifer Abrao in the Crime Prevention Unit at 565-7398 or jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org for more information.

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