As with most things these days, during COVID, our annual Citizens' Academy had to change slightly, but participation did not waiver during this pandemic. The four-week academy, conducted virtually, was attended just as well as other classes in years past. It was capped off with one "in-person" day at the range, learning about a variety of topics to include; how we conduct traffic stops, shoot-don't shoot decision-making scenarios, as well as, use of force training.
The shoot-don't scenario simulator was an eye-opener for all those that attended. It gave the citizens a chance to see "almost firsthand" what our deputies have to go through in a variety of situations. Some of the scenarios tested their verbal skills and showed how a situation could be escalated or de-escalated by their words alone. It also gave them a chance to make the split-second decision on whether they could use lethal force on someone, based on that person's actions. The whole idea was to have an open conversation about what our deputies have to deal with every day and the very important decisions we are faced with, in a matter of seconds.
We appreciate those that attended and are very happy to have you all part of the Citizens' Academy Alumni Family.