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In brief: Citizen’s Academy begins April 5

Thu., Feb. 16, 2012

SPOKANE VALLEY – The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Valley Police Department will hold a Citizen’s Academy, beginning April 5 at the SCSO Training Center, 10319 E. Appleway Blvd. The academy will consist of eight classes, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through May 28.

The course, focusing on officer involved shooting incidents, will allow attendees to participate in hands-on defensive tactics training; learn about the tools the deputies carry, including live-fire demonstrations; hear about an officer involved shooting first-hand from a deputy; learn about the laws that govern criminal procedure and what threats justify the use of lethal force; meet and hear from the team of investigators that make up the Spokane Regional Investigative Response Team; and spend a shift with an officer.

Participants must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check and agree to attend at least seven of the eight sessions. Space is limited and early registration is suggested.

To register and for more information, call Deputy Travis Pendell at (509) 477-6044 or email

Free tax prep for active, retired military

SPOKANE COUNTY – Liberty Tax Service will offer free tax preparation for veterans, active military and their immediate family members from Monday through Feb. 25.

Local teachers, school employees and bus drivers will be offered free tax preparation by Liberty Tax Service during Educator Appreciation Days, Feb. 27 to March 3.

The military and educator offer is valid to first-time customers only.

For more information, call (866) 871-1040.

SCORE offers veterans online workshops

SPOKANE COUNTY – Veterans returning home from service abroad and looking for employment resources can sign up for online workshops offered by SCORE, a national company providing free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

Through Veterans Fast Launch, veterans can receive free mentoring from the company and receive up to $120 in credit to attend the workshops. Veterans are also eligible for software and other services from other partners in the program.

To register and for more information, visit or or email

Dental care available to student veterans

CHENEY – As part of their annual community service project, students in the Eastern Washington University Dental Hygiene Department will provide dental care to EWU students who are veterans on March 3.

Smiles for Veterans will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the dental hygiene clinic at EWU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus. Interested veterans must be enrolled at EWU. The cost is $10 per person. Appointments are made on a first come, first-served basis.

To make an appointment and for more information, call the dental hygiene clinic at (509) 828-1309.


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