Dawson law academy

Attendees of the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy have multiple opportunities to experience situations law enforcement officers face including fire arms training. Here are former academy attendees Buddy Price gets a high-5 from his daughter Shauna while Cheryl, his wife, receives instructions from Dawson County Deputy Velma Finley at the firearms range. Photo courtesy of Lt. Brad Hardman of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office

Sign up for Dawson’s Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy

By: Denise Ray This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office is offering of its Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy and, along with it, opportunities for citizens to experience scenarios law enforcement officers encounter daily.

Offered for more than 20 years by the sheriff’s office, the program introduces participants to the numerous responsibilities required of a sheriff’s deputy. Attendees will participate in actual hands-on exercises designed to increase their knowledge of our law enforcement operations.

The program is held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 9 and runs for six weeks. A light dinner is provided each night.

In order to promote greater understanding of the role of a law enforcement professional, the program is designed to place participants in certain roles that are regularly encountered by deputies and police officers, according to Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson. Attendees will learn what it’s like to handle a 911 call, search a cell for contraband, investigate a crime scene, perform court house security, and participate on a patrol ride along Johnson said.

Previous participant Cheryl Price enjoyed her time in the academy and learned a lot. She, along with daughter Shauna, found that opportunity impacted them long after the session ended.

“It was a great experience, and one that I’m thankful for,” Price said. “It was also very eye-opening to see what goes on behind the scenes.”

Price, her daughter, and husband Buddy, went on to create Blue Light Snack Pack Bags, a project that gives bags of healthy and nutritious snacks to the officers who may not have a chance to eat while on duty. The individually-wrapped items are delivered periodically to the Sheriff’s Office and have been well-received.

This session will also allow attendees to test their decision-making skills on our Judgmental Use of Force Simulator.

For registration, please contact Ms. Anne Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 706-344-3535 x 20451.

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