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Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Teens can go behind scenes this summer with Pinellas sheriff


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Pinellas County teenagers can get a first-hand look at law enforcement from firearms to the jail by enrolling in the Teen Citizens Academy with the sheriff’s office.

The program, for students ages 14 to 18, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on six Saturday mornings, except for July 5, from June 14 to July 26 at sheriff’s office locations.

Teenagers will get some of the same training as county deputies, including defensive tactics, safe and effective use a firearm, defensive driving, and they also receive a behind-the-scenes look at operations including a tour of the county jail.

Participants will need a valid driver’s license to take part in the Teen Driver Challenge, otherwise they will be riders.

Parents will need to attend an orientation at 8 a.m. June 14 to sign waivers and let deputies know about any special consideration needed by their student.

And, they get to meet Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

“In launching the Sheriff’s Teen Citizens Academy I hope to provide a free and fun avenue for interested students to learn first-hand how exciting and rewarding a career in law enforcement can be,” Gualtieri said.

Students must be enrolled in an education program, including home school, and be willing to undergo a criminal history screening and background check. Individuals with a criminal history will not be eligible.

Applications will be accepted through June 1 and forms are available by clicking here.

For additional information, call Ricky Butler at (727) 582-5732 or email him at rbutler@psconet.com.

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