Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter 2016 Sheriff's Citizen Academy

Did you know the Clay County Sheriff’s Office employs over two hundred dedicated men and women? Were you aware that we’ve increased our K9 Unit by seventy-five percent over the previous three years? Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of the law enforcement profession? For a unique opportunity to see what we do and answer questions you may have, I encourage you to enroll for the Winter 2016 Sheriff’s Citizen Academy. 

I began my law enforcement career in 1978 as a Smithville Police Officer. I knew then that the success of this profession depended upon our relationships with the community. The Citizen Academy is only one of the programs we offer to support you, your family, and friends. Among other successful community programs I have instituted are the Women’s Self Defense Classes which are taught by our deputies and the Clay County’s Sheriff’s “Online Exchange Zone” where in‐person transactions can be conducted safely when buying or selling items from internet sites like Craigslist and local swap shops.

The Winter 2016 Citizen Academy begins Wednesday, January 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Sheriff’s Office Training Center in Liberty. An experienced group of civilian staff, deputies, and commanders will spend each Wednesday for ten weeks sharing information and personal experiences from their assigned positions. To name just a few of the functions you’ll learn about are 9-1-1 Communications, Investigations, Fugitive Apprehension, Detention Operations, Patrol, and our popular K-9 Unit. For this academy course we’ll also be offering hands-on activities including a basic self-defense class and introductions to some of the tools that our deputies are trained to use.

We built valuable relationships with those who attended our 2015 Citizen Academy, and give them credit for expanding our 2016 class. I hope you’ll take the time to consider joining us to learn, ask questions, have fun, and forge lasting relationships with us. Don’t hesitate to call (816) 407-3750 if you have any questions about this or any other program we offer.

Paul C. Vescovo III
Sheriff, Clay County
Welcoming the 2015 Citizen Academy

K9 Ocho and Deputy Edwards

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