This will be the fourth citizen’s academy for the Sheriff’s Office. The first Mercer County Citizen’s Academy was hosted in 2013 and culminated in the graduation of eleven students. We have had (44) students graduate from the academy since it was established. The classes have consisted of citizens from different backgrounds, age groups, and areas of Mercer County.
The participants attend classes that are in lecture format, observe demonstrations, take tours of the facilities, and participate in hands on training sessions. They are also provided with an opportunity to “job shadow” with staff members.
The 2017 academy will take place from October 17, 2017 until November 9, 2017, and will usually be held two evenings per week for a four week period. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 2-3 hours per session.
The academy is open to residents of Mercer County, who are at least 21 year old. A background check is required. Class size is limited. Interested persons can stop at the Sheriff’s Office during office hours or go to our website at www.mercercountysheriff.org to obtain an application packet. Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff’s Office by September 27, 2017. If anyone has any questions they may contact Citizen’s Academy Coordinator, Sergeant Jay Wehrkamp, at (419) 586-7724.