After ten weeks of classes, which included a wide variety of hands-on experiences and instruction, 16 Santa Barbara County residents graduated on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown presented each graduate with a certificate of completion following a celebration BBQ at Stow Grove Park in the city of Goleta. The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is designed to give residents an inside look at just some of what the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office does on a daily basis to keep its citizens safe. During the course of the program, the class toured the jail, fired a handgun, and participated as role players in SWAT training, just to name a few of the experiences. They also observed a K-9 operation demonstration and participated in a question and answer forum with a narcotics detective and a dispatcher.