KSO plans fourth citizens’ academy

January 6, 2020 | Featured|Headlines|Police

NEWKIRK — The Kay County Sheriff’s Department is preparing to host the Fourth Sheriff Citizen’s Academy, a 12-week program that allows citizens to interact with deputies and learn first hand how and why things are done.

It is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services. The spring class will begin March 12 and is designed for 20 participants.

Deadline to apply is Feb. 21. Sheriff Steve Kelley said classes will be held at the department and at Pioneer Tech on Thursdays from 6-9p.m.

“Community involvement is the most powerful tool a law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime,” said Kelley. “This academy is designed to promote better understanding between the sheriff’s office and the citizens of Kay County. Citizens will learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job from recruiting, administration, patrol operations, dispatch communications, traffic enforcement, criminal law, juvenile offenders, detectives, crime scene investigations, K9 operations and the corrections facility and many other areas.” 

Kay County Sheriff Steve Kelley demonstrates how to use a firearm to a member of the first Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy held in 2017.

Some of the areas covered during the course are: Community policing, DUI pursuits and firearms trianing. Kelley said the class enhances community relations and provides citizens with insights into the criminal justice system. 

All applicants must reside in the Kay County and must be 18 years old or older to attend. Participants must pass a background check to be accepted into the academy. “Those who attend the academy, will become more aware of their surroundings in daily lives,” said Kelley.  “And you will have the tools necessary to help the Kay County Sheriff’s Office as well as other area law enforcement in the prevention of crime and help keep our community safe.”

Applications can be picked up at the Kay County Sheriff’s Office or obtained via email or fax or downloaded from the Kay County Webpage. Call KSO at 580-362-3250 for more information.