Hoke County sheriff’s office announces spring citizen’s academy

RAEFORD — The Hoke County sheriff’s office will hold a citizen’s academy beginning in April.

The citizen’s academy is a 9-week, 18+ hour, educational program that provides information about the daily functions and operations of the sheriff’s office. The program provides an opportunity for the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office and citizens to interact and allow citizens to learn more about the office in their community.

This year’s academy sessions are held on Tuesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Spring 2024 citizen’s academy dates begin on April 2 and run through May 28.

Applications for the Spring 2024 class will be accepted through Monday, March 25. There is no fee for the course and those selected to complete the program will be notified two weeks before the start date.

Participants will learn a number of topics, including patrol tactics, traffic stops, the K-9 unit, crime scene investigation, narcotics, gang investigations, school safety and online scams.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, pass a criminal history check and have no felony arrests. Preference is given to Hoke County residents and business owners.

Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the sheriff’s office, located at 429 E. Central Ave. in Raeford.

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office also reminds citizens that completion of this program does not certify a citizen as a sheriff deputy or a reserve deputy. For additional information contact the Community Outreach Liaison at 910-878-1222 or jlewis@hokesheriff.org.