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Citizen Academy (Adult)

The Public Safety Support Citizen Academy offers former graduates of police and fire academies the opportunity to continue their learning and practical experience by participating in an enhanced Public Safety Support Citizen Academy. Graduates of the Public Safety Support Citizen Academy will be called upon to provide support during times of emergencies or natural disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events.

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Explorer Program (Youth)

The Public Safety Support Explorer Program offers opportunities in character building, leadership, homeland security, police and fire response, and emergency response and preparedness. Youth, ages 14 to 21, will be exposed to a range of public safety career options while gaining practical "hands-on" experience upon graduation from the eight-week training program. Completion of training will prepare participants to provide support to public safety forces during disasters as well as volunteer opportunities during special and routine events.

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John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce