Knox County Sheriff’s Office invites participants to next Citizens’ Police Academy

Posted:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:45pm

Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison is hosting another Citizen’s Police Academy, educating the public about how staff performs duties so that the public can better understand how interactions with law enforcement develop the way they do.

At the police academy, the Sheriff can offer citizens insight into how law enforcement, corrections, and communications employees perform their duties and how those services work within the community.

Participation in a CPA requires participants to attend 10 three-hour classes. Class begins on Wednesday February 28, 2018 and will be held every Wednesday night through May 2, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Office at 301 Park Street in Rockland. Space is limited to a maximum of 15 participants per CPA.

Citizens are invited to submit an application by February 20. Applications are available online and in print. Visit for an electronic version or pick one up at the Sheriff’s Office,  at 301 Park Street in Rockland. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 23.

The CPA coordinator is Sergeant Lance Mitchell. The curriculum includes History of Policing, Maine Law, Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, Evidence Recovery, Police Canines, and Impaired Driving as well as hands-on training in Arrest and Restraint and Shoot or Don’t Shoot.

Classes will be taught by Sheriff’s Office employees who are experts in those fields. Participants will also have the option of riding with a Deputy during an actual patrol shift prior to completion of the CPA.