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Benton County Sheriff's Office First Citizen's Academy Graduation

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Over three dozen Benton County residents now have a deeper understanding of how local law enforcement keeps us safe.

The first ever Benton County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy ended today with a special graduation ceremony.

Over the past six weeks, the attendees learned about things like gang awareness, patrol procedures and the swat team.

"We wanted to show them what we did but it also gives us an opportunity to interact with the citizens we serve," said Benton County Sheriff Steve Keane.

Citizens Academy Graduate Robert Winter learned a lot from the class, "It was great. They put together a great class. We learned a lot from all these people. Toured the jail, we went to the coroner's office."

Benton County Sheriff Keane says they plan to hold another citizens academy in the future.