Ever wanted a better understanding of what it's like to be in law enforcement? To learn more about the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and its role in the community? To see things from a deputy's point of view?
You're in luck, and you don't even need to leave your house. Dunedin Patch editor Katie Dolac has embarked on a 12-week journey through the sheriff's Citizens Academy, a crash course for citizens, and she's taking Patch readers along for the ride.
Follow Katie's adventures as she tours the crime lab and the jail, learns defense training, meets the men and women in uniform, and more.
Here's her first-person series so far:
Week 1: Inspiring Start to My Time in Sheriff's Citizens Academy
Week 2: Crash Story Gets Teary at Sheriff's Citizens Academy
Week 3: Defensive Tactics Training: Darn Good Stress Relief
Week 4: Sheriff's Forensic Science Unit Real Life CSI
Week 5: Crimes Against Children hard to Forget
Week 7: Why Not to Bring Ninja Stars to the Pinellas County Courthouse
Check back for more updates from Katie's time at the Citizens Academy, and be sure to sign up for the free Dunedin Patch email newsletter so you won't miss them!