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10/19/2012

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Sarasota News Leader October 19, 2012 18 GRADUATE FROM CITIZENS LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office graduated 18 people on Oct. 11 from the 38th class of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. CLEA, which is held one night a week for 10 weeks, gives citizens an inside look at Sher- iff's Office operations, a news release points out. The course includes a tour of the jail and courthouse as well as such activities as a ride- along with a patrol officer, conducting felony traffic stops and firearms training. Addition- al sessions are offered in law enforcement procedures, criminal investigations and K-9, SWAT and forensics operations, each taught by a subject matter expert, the news release says. Inspired by a visit to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, CLEA class members donated $2,025 to the ranch during a presentation at their graduation. The next CLEA class will begin in April 2013, but it is already full, the news release says. Ap- plications are being accepted for the fall 2013 session; they may be found on www.Saraso- taSheriff.org under the Crime Prevention tab. (Click "Get Involved.") CORRECTION The article in the Oct. 12 issue titled, "Long time coming" contained incorrect informa- tion about a photo showing youngsters play- ing on Lido Beach. A correction subsequently was made. However, for readers who saw the first version, we want to point out that the children were not participants in the Neigh- borkids of Newtown program. We also iden- tified SCOPE as the leader of that program, when that also is not the case. SCOPE no longer has any involvement with the Neigh- borkids program. Page 60 The 18 new graduates of the Citizens Law Enforcement Academy gather in front of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office helicopter. Contributed photo

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