Our View: Sign up for citizens’ academy and know your local law enforcement

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You see them all around. On the street, in your rearview mirror at the stop light, patrolling your neighborhood — they keep you and your loved ones safe.
But other than that, what do most citizens know about their local law enforcement?
That’s the question the Auburn Police Department and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office want to answer with their series of citizen academies.
While Placer County’s classes are currently full (they’re accepting names for the next round), the hometown police have openings for their third Citizens’ Awareness Academy. Currently, there are 25 spaces available for business owners and residents alike, and now’s the time to take advantage of this opportunity.
Find out where your tax dollars go to keep your streets safe, and what it takes to do so.
Kudos should be given to our local law enforcement agencies for fostering a level of transparency to the community, letting citizens know how the police and sheriff conduct their business.
From the descriptions, residents will get an up-close-and-personal look at how municipal policing is done, including procedures of patrolling, investigations, animal control, vehicle operations, arrest procedures and much, much more. And for some, the option is available to attend the firing range to shoot a gun.
So dial up the Auburn Police Department and sign up, and if you’re too late, get on the waiting list for the next one. Because it’s your community, you should know how your police department is protecting it.

Citizens’ Awareness Academy
March 7 (10-week program)
Cost: Free
Where: 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays at City Hall
Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or older, live in Auburn and have no felony convictions
Information: Call (530) 823-4237, ext. 501, or email; applicants will be accepted until a day before the class opens; applications available at the Auburn Police Department
Topics covered
Vehicle operations
Arrest and control techniques
911 communications
Animal control
Interaction with other law enforcement agencies