The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a 700-hour basic law enforcement academy starting August 18.

The academy will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Persons who graduate from the 700-hour academy will graduate with a class “A” peace officer license, PPCT defensive tactics certification, taser certification, OC/pepper spray certification, first responder certification, NHTSA SFST certification, court security training, less lethal munitions certification and 120-hour jail officer training.

Cost for the academy is $4,000. Veteran’s benefits, financial aid and college credit hours are available for those who qualify.

Those interested may obtain an application from the Sheriff’s Office website at www.lawrencecosheriff.com or the Missouri Sheriff’s Association website at www.mosheriffs.com. Deadline to apply is Monday, July 18.