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Bnton County Sheriff's Office sponsers Citizen Academy - 08/14/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is still accepting applications for its 2015 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 8th and meets for ten sessions ending October 27th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.

The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for October 3rd and October 17th.

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.

The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 24, 2015.

Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff or in person at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.

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DUII saturation patrol surrounding the Benton County Fair & Rodeo - 08/10/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra DUII saturation patrol surrounding the Benton County Fair and Rodeo, July 29 - August 2, 2015. Those who worked the extra patrol arrested 2 people for DUII, 1 for Reckless Driving, 1 for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, issued 4 traffic citations, and assisted in apprehending a suspect who attempted to elude officers and deputies in Benton County.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 3 people for DUII (alcohol), 7 people on outstanding warrants, 1 person for Attempt to Elude, 1 person for Possession of Controlled Substances, and Deputies issued a total of 24 citations for traffic violations. Deputies investigated 2 traffic crashes, with 1 being a fatal traffic crash. Deputies also responded to the regular calls for service and criminal investigations.

The next DUII saturation patrol is scheduled August 21 - September 7, 2015 to coincide with the Labor Day saturation patrols going on by other agencies in Oregon. There will be extra patrol enforcing violations concerning seatbelts, child seats, texting while driving, and speeding between August 24 - September 6, 2015.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon safety belt overtime enforcement program is committed to reducing the severity of crash injuries by promoting proper safety belt and child restraint use. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com. For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 503-643-5620 in Portland or 877-793-2608.