Doña Ana County



The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will host a Citizens’ Academy from Jan. 23 to March 27, 2007. The department once again invites interested residents of Doña Ana County to better understand rural law enforcement.

“The Citizens’ Academy is designed to increase understanding between residents and the Sheriff’s Office through education,” said Sheriff Todd Garrison. “Our intent is to acquaint residents with law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and to provide increased understanding of the many tasks that deputies face in their daily work.”

The academy entails nine weeks of instructional training, including seminars on community policing, police recruitment, police ethics, communications, traffic duties, gangs, drug interdiction, officer safety, use of force, Constitutional rights, duties and building searches. Those who participate also see traffic-stop, bomb squad and canine demonstrations and spend a day at the shooting range. The last week is dedicated to a graduation ceremony.

Most of the evening classes will be held Tuesdays in the Training Room of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters on the south end of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd..

“Our philosophy of community-oriented policing seeks to create a partnership with area residents,” Garrison said. “The academy is one component which we hope will help interested parties pro-actively address law-enforcement concerns in their individual neighborhoods. The academy is just one way in which we are striving to develop a sense of cooperation in our common goal of providing a safe and secure community for all Doña Ana County residents.”

Brochures and applications are available at the department headquarters. For more information on this and future academies, contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department at (505) 525-1911. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request a connection to the Sheriff’s Department.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.