Sheriff offers citizens’ academy
Johnson County Sheriff John Foster wants to share the workings of his department with residents.
Lt. Daryl Reece said the sheriff's department will host its first Citizens Academy starting March 27. The goal of the academy is to increase awareness of the department's procedures and foster relationships between the community and department, he said.
"Sheriff John Foster wanted to get this started," Reece said. "When he was sworn in (in January), he said to get it going."
The 13-week academy will feature classroom instruction and field experience on a weekly topic. Reece promised instruction in each of the topics covered, from investigations to animal control, will be hands-on and relevant.
"We'll open up doors so participants can see our whole operation," Reece said. "They'll go into the jail and ride along with the deputies."
Classes will be limited to 20 participants.Department officials hope to have two academies a year.
Reece said participants must be 18 years old and pass a background check to prove they have no drug, domestic violence or felony convictions or adjudications.
The department isn't targeting any segment of the population for the academy, but would like "quite a few from the DeSoto area," Reece said.
Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Center at New Century Airport.
Those interested in participating in the academy should call (913) 791-5400 for an application.
Applications can also be picked up at the sheriff's office operations building at 27727 W. 159th Street, New Century Airport.