press release - 08211301

Application's Being Accepted for North County Sheriff's Academy

Santa Barbara County- August 21st, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite you to attend the Sheriff’s North County Citizens Academy.  The first class begins on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. and continues through Tuesday, October 15. The eight classes, held during the seven week course, are generally about 3 hours long and will be held at various locations throughout Santa Barbara County. The first class will meet at the Solvang City Council Chambers located at 1644 Oak Street.  The last class will include a Graduation BBQ, and will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

The Citizens Academy was developed to educate citizens about the role of law enforcement and to give them a better understanding of what the Sheriff’s Office does on a daily basis to keep its residents safe.  The program gives citizens an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at some of the agency’s operations and includes hands on law enforcement training as well. 

Topics covered include:  Agency History, Tours of the Main Jail, SB Courthouse, Coroner’s Unit, Emergency Communications Center, Training of a Deputy Sheriff at Allan Hancock College, Firearms at our indoor range, Forensics Investigation, Detectives, Air Support, Special Enforcement Team (SWAT), Hostage Negotiation Team, Narcotics, K-9, Mounted Unit, Bomb Squad, Search and Rescue, Sheriff Volunteer Team, and Explorer Programs. 

Citizens must be 18 years of age or older and in moderate physical condition to participate.  There are only 20 spots in the Citizens Academy and they fill up fast.  If you would like to participate, you are encouraged to turn in your application right away.  For further information, or to receive an application, please call Senior Deputy Charlie Uhrig at (805) 452-8073, e-mail 

The Sheriff’s Office also hosts a Citizens Academy in South County in the spring.

Business Hours: (805) 681-4100

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