Citizens Academy A Great Benefit

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Editor:

We are the graduating members of the Sheriff John Armer's "2004 Citizens Police Academy" administered by the Gila County Sheriff's Office. The academy began with 28 students, and 22 completed the course which consisted of nine weeks of classes instructed by the sheriff and his deputies.

The dean of the academy was ably administered by Lt. Adam Shepherd and the classes were held at the Payson campus of the Gila Community College. The graduates of the Academy all received educational credit from the Gila Community College.

In addition to the classroom instruction, the students received "hands on" practicals in the form of demonstrations and participation in firearm training.

Not only were regular deputies part of the curriculum, but volunteers of the Sheriff's Posse and the Search and Rescue Units provided additional instruction.

We thank Sheriff Armer and his staff for this opportunity to understand the work of the Gila County Sheriff's Office and the various volunteer organizations and believe that this instruction has assisted all of us to be better Gila County citizens.

Students of the 2004 Citizens Police Academy

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