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Citizen Academy

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Have you ever wanted to feel what it’s like to be a police officer? If you are a Summit County resident, you have the opportunity to experience life as an officer by attending the Citizen Academy.

The Citizens’ Academy is an 6-week program, in conjunction with Silverthorne, Frisco, Breckenridge, and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, designed to provide Summit County residents and merchants with first-hand information about how the local law enforcement functions. The academy prides itself as a fun-filled way to gain a better understanding of law enforcement.

In a classroom setting, often enhanced with field trips and tours, citizens explore various aspects of law enforcement, including criminal investigations, arrest control, detention operations and general patrol. K-9 and SWAT duties are just some of the "field trip" topics to be covered, along with hands-on "shooting" at the outdoor “live” firing range. Each class provides insight into the challenging tasks police officers and investigators must face daily. Instructors are veteran officers who teach in their own areas of expertise.

Participation in the academy requires a commitment of one night a week, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for the 6-week period. There is no fee for the academy, but each academy is limited to 20 individuals, 21 years of age or older.

Once an academy is full, applicants will be placed on an eligibility list for the next academy. Citizens’ Academies are held once a year in the fall.

The next Academy schedule is not yet available.

For further information or an application, contact the Dillon Police Department, at 970-468-6078.