The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has announced a public safety academy for those interested in learning the duties and operations of deputies, firefighters and other emergency personnel.
The Community Public Safety Academy will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the north Fillmore police storefront, 642 Lemon Way. For the first time, the academy will be taught solely in Spanish.
Meetings will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 19 at the storefront. Classes will be taught by representatives from the Sheriff's Department, Fillmore Fire Department and sheriff's Office of Emergency Services.
Presentations will be given on training and patrol duties, jail facilities, investigations and special assignments, such as SWAT, hostage negotiations, bomb team cases, mounted patrol and K-9s.
The purpose of the academy is to educate residents about public safety providers and help create a partnership between communities and police, Sheriff's Capt. Christopher Godfrey said.
Two additional 12-week courses are planned in Spanish and English. The academy is open to adults living in Fillmore, Piru and the surrounding areas of the Santa Clara Valley, Godfrey said.
For more information, call Sheriff's Sgt. Fred Bustillos at 524-2233.