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PORT CLINTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office will hold its third annual Citizens Partnership Academy this fall from Sept. 18 through Nov. 13.
The Citizens Partnership Academy is a free, 10-week program that will offer information on patrol operations, victims' rights, sex crimes, active shooter situations, 911 emergency calls and more. The classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. depending on the program content. Dates may be adjusted for holidays or emergencies.
Included in the program will be a tour of the sheriff's office facilities, as well as interaction with the various divisions and specialty units. Participants will also be given an opportunity to ride along with a deputy.
"The Citizens Partnership Academy is a great opportunity for us to interact with the community that we serve. We don't often get the chance to share information with the public, which enables them to see what our duties consist of. This is such a great way for us to partner with our community," said Sheriff Stephen Levorchick.
New this year is a bite demonstration with K-9 officers.
"We want them to understand that we're here all the time. We're a 24-hour a day agency, and we're always working. We've always got someone on. Even though they maybe sleeping at 3 in the morning, there are still deputies out there driving past their houses protecting them," explained Levorchick.
Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion at a ceremony on the last day of class.
To join the program, you must be at least 21 years old, complete an application, pass a criminal background check, have no felonies or violent misdemeanors, plus have a valid Ohio driver's license. Applications can be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the sheriff's administrative lobby, or attained by e-mailing Capt. Brad York at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Citizens Partnership Academy is a great opportunity for the citizens of Ottawa County to have positive contact with law enforcement and to learn more about the day-to-day operations of our office," said York, who will oversee the academy.
Applications will be reviewed and qualified individuals will be notified two weeks before the academy begins in September at the emergency operations center of the sheriff's office.