Space still available for countywide citizen-police course

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Registration remains open for Beaufort County residents to sign up for the next Citizen Police Academy (CPA), to begin Aug. 21 in Beaufort and Aug. 23 in Bluffton.

CPA is a community-oriented program designed to provide interested citizens, age 18 and older, with quality interactive training regarding law enforcement activity in Beaufort County.

During the eight-week CPA classroom session, many topics are discussed, including incident response, citizen-police communication, crime penalties, crime prevention and many other subjects relating to law enforcement.

Participants will get an inside look at the county courthouse, detention center and Law Enforcement Center, as well as demonstrations by the Special Weapons and Tactics team and the K-9 Unit. CPA graduates are given an opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.

Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. weekly at the Beaufort Law Enforcement Center, 2001 Duke St. in Beaufort; and in Room 125 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry New River Campus, 100 Community College Drive in Bluffton.

Anyone wishing to attend the CPA must pass the Sheriff's Office criminal history check and must receive favorable recommendations from all personal and professional references.

To apply, complete the application at bcso.net/cpa-application. For more information, contact M.Sgt. Mike Jennings at 843-255-3287 or mjennings@bcgov.net.

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