FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department recently announced the graduation of its first Citizens Police Academy. Although the size of the class varied from week to week, seven Eustis citizens participated in a program designed to inform the public of how law enforcement is conducted in rural Franklin County, Corporal Christopher Chase served as the lead instructor.

During the course of instruction students received 30 hours of training from various deputies and the command staff pertaining to: patrol procedures, criminal law, traffic law, civil law, administration, corrections, communication, K-9 use and also participated in ride alongs with deputies. This type of interaction between the Sheriff’s Department and the citizens it serves, creates familiarity and transparency and hopefully clarifies any preconceived notions about rural police officers and how they do their jobs. The Sheriff’s Department plans to conduct similar classes in different towns that do not have a police department once or twice a year.

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