SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS — Obion County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scott Watkins (center) answered questions for Citizens Sheriff’s Academy participants during a hands-on session Thursday night at the National Guard armory in Union City. The session focused on criminal interdiction, with the classroom portion featuring Watkins, investigator Jared Willcutt and K9 handler Cory Pinion leading participants through the various types of criminal activity they see on the county’s roadways and some of the methods they use to detect narcotics. Afterward, the 18 participants in the current CSA class got the opportunity to try their hands at attempting to search vehicles and locate hidden items themselves. The night ended with a demonstration by drug detection dogs Ziko and Zita. The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is an educational endeavor that seeks to inform the community about how the sheriff’s office functions. The adult session which kicked off earlier this month is the second annual class for adults. Abbreviated student versions were recently held at all three local high schools.

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