Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson announced last week he is encouraging residents to participate in the Citizens Academy sponsored by his office. This will be an opportunity for participants to learn more about the agency from the behind the scenes. Applications are being accepted now.
The academy begins April 23 and classes are held Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. There is no cost to enroll. Participants must undergo a criminal background check. The deadline for enrollment is April 11.
Jackson and the deputies in the community outreach section set up a course outline for the six-week academy that allows participants to closely observe various aspects of the agency and the justice system. Classes cover CPR, court-house security, Georgia law, self-defense, sheriff’s office administration and budget and other topics. The participants also take an extensive tour of the Fulton County Jail.
The previous Citizens Academy classes have consisted of professionals and concerned citizens from various neighborhoods in the county. The academy gave participants an in-depth look at the day-to-day operations of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office while providing them with unique insight pertaining to the operations of the agency. Attendees also gained a better understanding of the functions of a sheriff and a sheriff’s office versus the duties of a police chief and a police department.
Here are comments made by graduates:
“We all learned an awful lot and we enjoyed it. The leadership, experience, and compassion ...everyone knows their jobs and it’s wonderful,” Moses Brown Jr. said.
Jeanetta Johnson added, “This has really been extremely interesting. I have gotten a lot out of this experience. They really made a hard job look easy. We have a wealth of knowledge.”
To enroll, complete the application available at www.fultonsheriff.net and return it to:
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office
Community Outreach Section
Attn: Citizens Academy
185 Central Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Information: (404) 612-5138