The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for its 2022 Citizens’ Academy, the law enforcement agency announced this week. The academy begins Sept. 6 and meets for 10 sessions ending Oct. 25.

The free program is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. 

The class will meet each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays, Sept. 10 and Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most classes meet at the Sheriff’s Office in Corvallis. 

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges and accomplishments of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Most of the instructors are sworn deputies who share their experiences with the class. 

The Citizens’ Academy covers all aspects of the sheriff’s responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations, support services and management of the office, BCSO said, adding that the academy is not designed to train citizens as law enforcement personnel or to exercise law enforcement authority of any kind.

“I extend an invitation to any eligible participant to take this opportunity to learn more about your Sheriff’s Office and to interact with Sheriff’s Office staff,” Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said through a news release.

BCSO said the class fills up quickly so interested individuals are encouraged to get their applications in early. Deadline for applications is Aug. 30.

Applications are available online at this link or in person at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW Fifth St., Corvallis.

For more information, contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 541-766-6858.