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Citizen's Police Academy
 Citizen's Academy logo Law enforcement has helped to shape our community as much as our community has defined what it wants from law enforcement. The relationship between the citizens of Cowlitz County and law enforcement goes all the way back to 1854 when James Huntington was named the first Sheriff of Cowlitz County. A lot may have changed since then but there is one constant--people. Just as it was back then, the people that make up our police force are people that live in our community and serve our community. All police agencies within our County work together every day protecting and serving the citizens of Cowlitz County. The Citizens' Police Academy is your opportunity to learn first hand, how law enforcement works in our community and find out what you can do to make a difference.

The Citizens' Police Academy is a 10 week program designed to teach you, the citizen, as much as possible about our local law enforcement system. We take you from 1854 through the most modern equipment and procedures available to each department in the region.

Our goal is to take you through the profession of a peace officer from how they're trained to some of the experiences that they go through.  You'll get classes on Patrol Procedures, Investigations, Drugs, SWAT, K-9, Use of Force , and many more topics. You'll be training by experts in each field and you'll hear first hand accounts and experiences from the officers and deputies themselves.

Those eligible to attend must be at least 21 years of age and work or live in the Cowlitz County area. Applicants can have no felony or domestic violence convictions. Misdemeanor arrests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must pass a background check conducted by law enforcement.

The 2017 Academy begins Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and ends with graduation on April 26, 2017. The classes are Wednesday nights from 6pm until 9pm in Kelso. Applications must be turned in no later than February 6, 2017.

Applications can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office or download here.

For questions regarding the Citizens' Academy, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (360) 577-3092 or email Deputy Spencer.

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