Ever wondered what it's like at a 911 dispatch center? Or how deputies use firearms in the line of duty? The Sheriff's Citizen Law Enforcement Awareness Program gives a look behind the scenes, as well as exercises using the firearms training simulator.
"The Sheriff's Citizen Law Enforcement Program we offer it to the community to come in and learn about what we do here at the sheriff's office," said Carly Hose of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The annual course offers a hands-on series of activities to citizens.
And it will give participants a chance to train in citizen's emergency response techniques also known as C.E.R.T.
Tom Brown of the Washington County 911 Center will be teaching a segment on how to prepare in the event of a disaster.
"Participants will get their hands on a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it," said Brown.
One of the highlights of the course is the firearms training simulator and other tools giving citizens a feel of situations deputies might face.
"Citizens get a chance to hold those tools and see how the trigger pull is on a fire arm, and get an idea of what deputies go through," said Hose.
"It's a great opportunity to see what the sheriff's office does and be prepared in the event of a disaster," said Brown.
The Sheriff's Citizen Law Enforcement Awareness Program begins March 11, 2014 and will run for 11 consecutive days Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with two Saturday sessions of practical instruction.
Anyone interested in participating can call Deputy Carly Hose at the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (301)-791-3020.