The Cannon Beach Police Department has joined up with Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Gearhart Police Department and Seaside Police Department to start its Ninth Annual South County Citizen’s Police Academy. Classes will be held every Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., beginning next week and ending June 22. There may also be an optional Saturday class as well. This academy is open to community members who have an interest in law enforcement and want to learn more about their police agencies in south Clatsop County.

The goal is to educate citizens about the different aspects of law enforcement and strengthen community ties. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about each department, tour the facilities, learn about crime scenes, criminal investigations, learn about the taser, shoot different weapons, tour the jail and participate in confrontational simulations that officers deal with.

Participants must be 18 or older. All applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation. Applications are due by Friday.

Applications can be found at, or for information, contact Cannon Beach Chief Jason Schermerhorn at 503-436-2811 or email: schermerhorn@ci.cannon-


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