NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Residents can once again get a close-up look at the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office through an eight-week Civilian Academy.

This academy is designed to show Middlesex County residents on the functions and duties of the sheriff’s office.

The program is conducted at the Middlesex County Fire Academy in Sayreville and begins March 14, from 7  to 9 p.m.

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Classes will continue each Thursdays, but there will be one class on a Saturday. The program will end with a graduation ceremony on April 25.

Sessions will highlight functions of the office, including defensive tactics, K-9 use, transportation, SWAT work, courthouse and civil process and foreclosures, among other topics. Participants also will be given tours the sheriff’s office and Superior Court in New Brunswick.

“The Sheriff’s Civilian Academy is a wonderful way for us to reach out to the residents of Middlesex County. It is part of our mission to protect and serve the public," said Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred Scott.

Applicants must be county resident and at least 18 years old, with no felony convictions or pending arrest warrants. There is also a limited background check. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 15. a

More information is available by contacting Sgt. Frank Sautner, the academy coordinator, at (732) 745-5909 or email frank.sautner@co.middlesex.nj.us.