Applications open for class taught by Yakima County law enforcement

    Applications open for class taught by Yakima County law enforcement

    YAKIMA, Wash. - The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says they're seeking people interested in learning about the criminal justice system.

    The sheriff's office announced Wednesday applications are open to attend the agency's very first citizen's academy.

    The 12-week class is set to begin September 10 of 2018 and will consist of 12 classes.

    "We're going to pull back the curtain and you get to see exactly what deputies do everyday to keep this county safe," said YCSO Chief Criminal Deputy Robert Udell.

    Organizers said sessions will cover a topics including patrol procedures, use of force by law enforcement, investigations, traffic enforcement, the role of the courts and more.

    Instructors will include sheriff's office employees, K9 handlers, Washington State Patrol troopers, drug task force members, Dept. of Corrections officers, the Yakima County prosecutor and a superior court judge.

    The class will also offer a tour of the county jail, and participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a deputy, according to a press release.

    Udell said YCSO hopes 30 to 40 people will get involved in the citizen's academy.

    Those interested in this opportunity can pick up an application at the sheriff's office and apply through August 27. Authorities say applicants must be at least 18 years old and a criminal background check will be completed.

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