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Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen announces 2010 Fillmore County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy


Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Court

After a successful 2009 Citizens Academy, Sheriff Jensen said he and his staff are ready for the second academy in September. Jensen said the first academy was a great experience for everyone involved. Sheriff Jensen added that they have made some minor improvements to the program and are excited to get started. For people who may be interested, here is what it is:

You can learn about all aspects of the sheriff's office and court system. The program lasts eight (8) weeks, meets once a week on Wednesday evening from approximately 7-9pm.

What is a Citizens Academy?

The Citizens Academy is a group of Fillmore County Citizens who are interested in learning more about how their sheriff's office operates and the challenges our county faces. It should help citizens gain a better understanding of why certain verdicts are given.

What is the purpose of the Citizens Academy?

The purpose of the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy is to enhance the positive relations between the sheriff's office and the community through education. The goals are to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who have the potential of influencing public opinions about law enforcement services. Citizens will gain an appreciation of problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.

How are citizens selected?

The sheriff's office seeks to fill each session with a class maximum of 12 participants through an application process.

How is the class conducted?

Participants commit to meeting one night per week for approximately two hours. Citizens will learn about each aspect of the sheriff's office and our role in the criminal justice system. The sessions are held at the Law Enforcement Center and Fillmore County Office Building meeting room.

What subjects are covered?

A wide variety of topics are covered that will highlight each section. The academy will begin with a short history of the Sheriff's Office and a tour of the facilities. Additional topics will include department organization, Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Dispatch Center, Jail, Courts, Training, Use of Force and Firearms.

Who instructs the academy?

Instructors are officers and personnel from the sheriff's office who will speak on their area of expertise.

How do I apply to attend?

Complete and send in the application. A background check will be conducted on all applicants. You will be notified if you are selected to participate in the next Academy. There is no fee.

Applications will be accepted until August 6th.

You can pick up an application at the Law Enforcement Center at 901Houston Street, NW in Preston or you can call the sheriff's office and request an application be mailed to you.

More information will be available at the Fillmore County Fair. You can also pick up an application from the sheriff's office booth at the fair between July 20th and the 23rd.

Persons chosen to attend the Academy will be notified by August 13, 2010.

The Academy will begin on Wednesday, September 8th and will be held each Wednesday evening from 7pm-9pm. (Times may vary). The last scheduled night is October 27th.

Contact Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen or Chief Deputy Tom Kycek if you have any questions about the program. 507-765-3874

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