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YPSO Offers Free Criminal Justice Education Courses

york poquoson sheriff The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is offering its citizens an insider’s look into the criminal justice system through a free twelve-week course.

The “Sheriff’s Citizen Academy” consists of 12 three-hour classes that will cover various areas of law enforcement, including 911 communications, criminal investigations, family violence, hostage negotiations and more.

The classes are scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 6. YPSO requires students to commit to attending at least 10 of the 12 classes and to ride with a deputy for at least four hours. Most of the sessions will be held at the Sheriff’s Office at 301 Goodwin Neck Road.

Classes will be taught by certified law enforcement instructors, supervisors, personnel and guest speakers.

Anyone over the age of 18 who resides or works in York County or Poquoson and passes a background investigation is eligible for the classes.

The goal of the citizen academy is to “increase law enforcement awareness, dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase community rapport through the educational process,” according to a news release on the YPSO Facebook page.

Students will receive a Certificate of Graduation after completing the program.

Applications for the academy can be found here. The deadline for enrollment is Tuesday.

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