TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office kicked off their 15th annual Citizen's Academy Wednesday.
Over the next 12 weeks, participants in the academy will take a look at what deputies do, but Sheriff Herman Jones said it's more than just teaching people about the job.
"I talk about in the class at the beginning,” Jones said. “It's not necessarily about the agency [or] the badge. It’s the people that wear the badge and the people behind the scenes that do the day in and day out business and their dedication to serving this community."
Brenda Bonjour attended the Topeka Police Citizen's Academy in 2005. She said that experience inspired her to join this academy, so she could learn the sheriff's office side of things.
"You’ll learn exactly why they do what they do,” Bonjour said. “You don't have to point fingers and make up stuff. That's my whole reason for being here. It's to learn so that I can share that information with others."
Bonjour expects to see similarities and she encourages anyone to sign up for either session.
"I hope everybody takes the opportunity to either join the sheriff's academy or the police academy,” Bonjour said. “You learn so much about the ins and outs of their daily routine and how they put their lives on the line for us."
Throughout the 12 week academy, participants will hear several presentations dealing with different aspects of the sheriff's office, as well as have the opportunity to go on a ride along.