Sheriff Eric Watson is pleased to announce that the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Citizen’s Academy beginning September 11, 2017. The program is designed to promote a better understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Bradley County with information and resources, mutual learning, critical analysis of issues, and an exchange of ideas and perspectives within the law enforcement community and the criminal justice system. The program consists of a series of ten classes and discussions held once a week, on Monday evenings typically from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. There is no cost to participate.

The classes will provide an in-depth view into various areas and specialized units of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that gives citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in Bradley County. Participants learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job including recruiting, administration, patrol operations, traffic enforcement and communications, criminal law, S.W.A.T. and hostage negotiations, crime scene investigations, corrections and many other areas.

The Citizen’s Academy doesn’t limit participants to classroom training. Students are given the opportunity to tour the 911 Emergency Communications Dispatch Center; tour the Jail and Judicial facilities; attend a Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) demonstration and participate in firearms safety.

Space is limited in the Citizens Academy; registration and a background check are required. If you are interested in attending, please contact Director Arnold Botts at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, 2290 Blythe Avenue, Cleveland, TN 37311. Telephone: (423) 728-7300. Applications may also be requested via FAX at (423) 473-1505.

 Registration deadline is September 1, 2017.

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