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Enrollment open for Pierce County Sheriff’s Department fall program

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications from interested citizens to enroll in the Departments fall Community Academy Program.

The Gig Harbor/Peninsula academy will begin Sept. 24. Meetings will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 10 weeks.

The academy provides an opportunity for participants to learn about law enforcement in Pierce County. Its goal is to familiarize the public with all aspects of the sheriff’s department and provide insight into the practices of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet the Sheriff and other department members.

The class covers topics such as patrol procedures, use of force, detectives, narcotics, K-9, domestic violence, hiring and training. Field trips are scheduled to the 911 Communications Center, Pierce County Jail and Sheriff’s headquarters.

Pre-registration is required and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the class is filled. Applicants must be at least 16 years old and photo identification is required after preliminary acceptance to the academy.

Further information on the academy, including class location, will be sent once applications have been received.

Interested citizens can register online or print and mail their application. Visit the Sheriff’s website at for more information.