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Sheriffs Office hosting criminal justice Explorer program
Class to begin Oct. 25
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Explorer Academy

What: Program for people interested in law enforcement

When: First and third Tuesdays of the month

Where: Free Chapel North Campus, 1290 McEver Road, Gainesville

Cost: $32 registration

Reserve a slot by emailing with subject line “Post 298”

From grade school to college age, people interested in law enforcement have an opportunity for a hands-on program with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Academy.

The academy, which meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, offers instruction for those who have completed eighth grade to 20 years old.

“The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities,” Deputy Stephen Wilbanks wrote in a news release. “Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.”

The registration fee is $32, and the class has a maximum capacity of 50 participants with a first come, first served basis.

Topics will include the patrol, investigations and court services divisions as well as the physical fitness instruction from Sgt. Greg Cochran.

Eligibility requirements include having a “C” average in school along with “good moral character.”

The 2016-2017 Exploring Academy will begin 7 p.m. Oct. 25. At Free Chapel’s north campus, 1290 McEver Road in Gainesville. The registration fee is due at the meeting.

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