August 18, 2017  |  01:11 pm

Are you curious about how the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office works? Do you want a behind the scenes look at our operations?

Now is your chance!
 
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold its next Citizen's Academy this fall.
 
Class size is limited to 50 participants, and the class, which is free, is open to St. Tammany Parish residents age 21 and over, but you must first apply.
 
The deadline to apply for the upcoming Citizen's Academy, which begins on September 19, 2017, is September 9, 2017.
 
The first class will introduce participants to the command staff as well as familiarizing them with the application and selection process for employees of the STPSO and the training necessary for deputies. A tour of the training facility will be provided.
 
One class will be devoted to investigations and will include a tour of the crime lab, and another will focus on the Corrections Division and will include a tour of the jail.
 
Remaining classes will serve to introduce and educate participants on the duties of the STPSO legal staff, Internal Affairs, Patrol Division, Special Operations and Narcotics. 
 
As part of the explanation of the Special Operations Division, participants in the class will will be provided with an overview of the Search and Rescue Team, Motorcycle Unit and Reserve Division. Hurricane planning and special event planning will also be discussed.
 
Participants will also learn about the duties and functions of the S.W.A.T., Bomb Squad and Dive Team.
 
The course will include opportunities for class discussions about special issues in law enforcement including use of force and the evolution of policies surrounding the topics of deadly and non-deadly force.
 
The four-week course will run through early October, with classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The course will culminate with a graduation ceremony.
 
For more information or to apply, visit http://www.stpso.com/page.php?p=citizens_academy or contact our Human Resources department at humanresources@stpso.com.​