Doña Ana County

DELAYED START DATE ANNOUNCED FOR CITIZENS ACADEMY

DELAYED START DATE ANNOUNCED FOR CITIZENS ACADEMY

            A new and improved Citizen’s Police Academy with the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office will start a couple of weeks past the original launch date.
The academy will begin July 16 and run six consecutive weeks.
The revamped curriculum will be held at DASO’S Las Cruces headquarters on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
             Previously, academies were hosted on the weekends for eight consecutive Saturday mornings. The new schedule was developed to attract residents who have more flexibility during the week, or college students who might be interested in a law enforcement career.
             The academy takes class members through various divisions of the department in an effort to strengthen community partnerships through education and awareness. Academy participants are volunteers who wish to learn more about the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department; it is not the cadet academy for those who wish to become certified law-enforcement officers with DASO.
Successful applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Doña Ana County, and must have a valid driver’s license or photo ID. Because of the sensitive nature of police work, a brief background check will be conducted on each applicant. Participants must not have any prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within the last three years.
            Applications can be downloaded at www.goDASO.org. Complete applications must be dropped off at the main headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. Twenty qualified applicants are needed for an academy, and organizers say a maximum of 30 participants will be taken.
            The deadline to apply is July 15. For more information, contact Dawn Apodaca, (575) 386-4303.
 

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