Citizens graduate Sheriff's Office program


Citizens graduate Sheriff's Office program


Date: October 11, 2013
by: Nolan Peterson | News Editor


The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office graduated 22 people from the 40th class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA) during a Thursday ceremony.

CLEA is an 11-week course that gives citizens an inside look at sheriff's operations ranging from jail operations, criminal investigations, SWAT teams and forensics. The course also includes a ridealong with a deputy and firearms training, as well as demonstrations by K-9 and mounted patrol units.

The Sheriff's Office runs the CLEA program twice a year, graduating more than 800 people over 20 years. The next class runs in spring 2014 — applications are full, but the fall class, which begins next August, still has spots available.

To sign up, visit the Sarasota Sheriff's website and click on the "get involved" tab.

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