Graduates to receive peace officer license, certificationsPeople interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement have the opportunity to attend a basic law enforcement academy in Mt. Vernon. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will host its third academy at the sheriff’s office in Mt. Vernon, starting Thursday, Aug. 18. According to Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, this academy, sponsored by the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, will run approximately 10 months. Classes will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Graduates will receive a Class A Missouri Peace Officer licenses and other certifications, including first responder, less lethal munitions, driving, TASER, standardized field sobriety tests, firearms and jailer certifications. Cost of the class is $4,000. Veteran’s benefits, financial aid and college credit hours are available for those who qualify. Prospective students must pass a civil and criminal background check and an oral interview. Applications may be obtained from the Sheriff’s Office website atwww.lawrencecosheriff.com or the Missouri Sheriff’s Association website atwww.mosheriffs.com.