DAYTON -- Columbia County residents interested in getting an insider's understanding of how law enforcement functions are invited to participate in the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy.
As part of the academy, participants will get to ride with a deputy on patrol and respond to calls and observe how calls are handled. There are also scheduled tours of the Sheriff's Office, the communications center, the Columbia County Jail and the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center. Class presentations cover a variety of topics that include crime scene and traffic collision investigations, drug enforcement, crime prevention, 911 public education and domestic violence.
The program has graduated 50 people over the last three classes. Slots are still available for people who would like to participate in the upcoming sessions, which start in February. Participants commit to attend a two-hour session one night a week, over 17 weeks. Enrollment forms are available at the sheriff's office, 341 E. Main St., in Dayton, or by contacting academy coordinator Tim Quigg at 509-382-2518.