Doña Ana County



The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department is taking applications for its winter Citizen’s Police Academy, which will take place every Saturday for five weeks beginning Jan. 21, 2012. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the sheriff’s department main station, 845 N. Motel Blvd.

To be considered, applicants 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 upon consideration. Applicants must not have any prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within the last three years.
The academy will take class members though various divisions of the department in an effort to strengthen community partnerships through awareness, according to Sheriff Todd Garrison.

“The duties of a police officer are complex,” said Garrison. “We are excited to offer an opportunity for residents of Doña Ana County to familiarize themselves on how we protect their community, and how we can work together to build partnerships for safer neighborhoods.”

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 have the opportunity to ride along with a deputy, 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 winter Citizen’s Academy is free of charge and runs Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, 2012. Applications can be downloaded online at, and are also available at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department main station, 845 N. Motel Blvd. The deadline to apply is Jan. 11, 2012, and class size is limited to 25 people.

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