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Shari Ireton, Director of Communications
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Sheriff’s Office Still Recruiting for Sky Valley Citizens Academy

SULTAN, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Sultan Police Department, still has spots available in the Sky Valley Citizens Academy, which starts on February 6, 2014.  The academy is a free, 13-week program for residents of the Sky Valley to learn more about day-to-day operations of law enforcement.

Classes will be held at Sultan Middle School on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with one Saturday field trip. 

“The Citizens Academy is a fun and exciting program, with lots of interaction between citizens and deputies,” said Lt. Monte Beaton, who serves as police chief of Sultan.  The program will include classroom training, hands-on participation and the opportunity to ride on patrol with a deputy.  Attendees will learn about:

  • Patrol procedures and equipment
  • Traffic operations and collision investigations
  • K-9 enforcement
  • Drugs and gangs
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Crime scene technology
  • Major crime investigations
  • Sex offenders
  • Jail operations
  • Search and rescue
  • Special weapons and tactics (SWAT)

Space is limited.  Applications are available at the Sultan Police Department at 515 Main St., Sultan, or online at  All class members must pass a basic criminal background check.  Applications will be accepted up through the start of the academy.

For more information, call or email Detective Danny Pitocco at 425-388-6261 or