Citizens go inside NHC Sheriff’s Office

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Spending time in a room with detectives typically means something is wrong, but the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office wants everyday citizens to ask them questions.

The Sheriff's Office opened its doors for tough questions Tuesday night, as part of a citizen's academy program. About 30 "students" were given a behind the scenes look at the world of law enforcement.

"They'll understand more about what we do and what our mission is for the public and the citizens of New Hanover County," said Lt. Doug Price with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday night, the academy group was given an opportunity to see Air One, the Sheriff's Office helicopter, in action. The crew showed them how the equipment works and why it's an important tool in the fight against crime.

"How the helicopter is used to help the officers on the ground and search and rescue and so many different things that you just don't realize until you see a demonstration of what they do," said academy attendee Bruce Prouty.

During their time in the academy, participants see how every part of the Sheriff's Office works, from the jail housing inmates to individual deputies patrolling streets.

"Those are the questions when you have an event happen to you, that's exactly what I'm finding out what I should do," said Becky Hughes, attended citizen's academy.

The NHC Sheriff's Office hopes that by being open, their relationship with the public will improve.

The current citizen's academy has seven more classes scheduled.

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