Those interested in learning police work, gun safety or other avenues of law enforcement have two upcoming opportunities to get involved. The Auburn Police Department and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office currently are accepting applications to future classes for citizens.
The City of Auburn Police Department is accepting applications to its Citizen’s Police Academy. The 12-week course starts Feb. 5 and covers topics such as defense tactics, gun safety, domestic violence, traffic enforcement, DUI enforcement, crime scene processing, building clearing, K-9 and narcotics, hazard materials, judgmental shooting and more. Students will also take field trips to such places as the Gwinnett County Jail.
The free course, led by Sgt. Marc Pharr, will be held each Tuesday at the Auburn Police Department.
There is no deadline to enroll, but applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
“I have learned that students have a much better experience with a smaller class size,” Pharr said, “because they get more time during scenarios and instructions.
“This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often. I encourage citizens to take advantage of this unique opportunity.”
Applications are available at the Auburn Police Department or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If applying by email, put the words “application request” in the subject line.
The application must be printed out, signed and either mailed to the police department or faxed to (770) 682-4428.
Another upcoming opportunity to apply for a class is being offered by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office.
Citizens Firearms Safety classes will begin in March, but the department is currently accepting applications.
Participants should bring their personal firearm and at least 50 rounds of ammunition. The classes will focus primarily on handguns, but participants can bring a rifle or shotgun.
The classes are not limited to Oconee County residents. However, should a scheduling crunch take place, Oconee residents will receive priority in scheduling.
The Sheriff’s Office also suggests bringing eye protection and hearing protection, but will have it at the range for participants who don’t have their own.
There is no minimum age for the classes, but participants should be able to follow directions and operate a firearm without assistance.
There is no charge for the classes.
Participants will also have the chance to practice range shooting the days immediately following classroom instructions.
To sign up, or get more information on dates, call (706) 769-3945.