Sher­iff’s Aux­il­iary class to be­gin in Jan­uary

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

The Lo­rain County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nounced the next aux­il­iary train­ing class is sched­uled to be­gin Jan. 16.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease signed by Sher­iff Phil R. Stamitti, the aux­il­iary was founded in 1957 and in the in­ter­ven­ing 60 years, it has proved to be ded­i­cated and ef­fi­cient.

The group is made up of vol­un­teers who seek to strengthen the Sher­iff’s Of­fice and of­fer sup­ple­ments to deputies and cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers.

The class is open to all U.S. cit­i­zens with a high school diploma and “are of im­pec­ca­ble char­ac­ter,” the re­lease said. Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, last year, vol­un­teers do­nated 17,361 hours to the Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Aux­il­iary of­fi­cers vol­un­teer in three ba­sic ar­eas of duty:

• Cruiser duty: Vol­un­teers who meet the re­quire­ments and re­ceive train­ing are as­signed to road deputies aug­ment­ing the deputy in the per­for­mance of their du­ties.

• Jail duty: Aug­ment­ing cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers in their de­mand­ing du­ties at the County Jail.

• Spe­cial duty: Vol­un­teers would as­sist with traf­fic con­trol and se­cu­rity at events like the Lo­rain County Fair and other fes­ti­vals across the county.

Ap­pli­cants must pass a back­ground check and in­ter­view by aux­il­iary com­mand staff. If ac­cepted, they are re­quired to com­plete the 110hour train­ing academy that will teach them about pro­ce­dures, self-de­fense, search and seizure and Ohio law, the re­lease said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the next train­ing class, must com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion by Dec. 31.

Ap­pli­ca­tions can be ob­tained by writ­ing, call­ing, stop­ping by the Lo­rain County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, 9896 Mur­ray Ridge Road in Elyria, or from their web­site at lo­rain­coun­tysh­er­iff.com.

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