Doña Ana County




 The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office is taking applications for its next Citizen’s Police Academy, which will take place on six consecutive Saturday beginning Jan. 11, 2014. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Academies had been planned earlier in 2013, but were postponed for scheduling purposes. Anyone who submitted an application for the Fall 2013 academy, which was scheduled to begin in October, is on the 2014 class roster.

 To be considered, each applicant must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of Doña Ana County, and have a valid driver’s license or photo ID. Because of the sensitive nature of police work, a brief background check will be performed on all applicants. Applicants must not have any prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within the last three years.

The academy will take class members through various divisions of the department in an effort to strengthen community partnerships through awareness, according to Sheriff Todd Garrison.

Citizen’s Academy classes are interactive, giving participants hands-on knowledge of how sheriff’s deputies are trained to handle real-life situations. Class members will examine traffic enforcement, understand the use of force (including the use of deadly force) observe K-9 demonstrations and presentations by the Special Response Team, bomb squad, and Animal Control. Several field trips are included in the academy, including a tour of the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority and the Doña Ana County Detention Center.

The 2014 Citizen’s Academy is free of charge and runs through Feb. 15, 2014. Applications can be downloaded online at, and are also available at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department, 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces. The deadline to apply is Jan. 4, 2014, and class size is limited to 25 people.

For more information, call (575) 386-4302 or contact Deputy Michelle Ugalde via email at

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.