Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy

Plans are in the works to form a Citizens Academy through the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office. A Citizens Academy is exactly what it sounds like, a police academy for average citizens. “Class members will go through scenarios and training similar to what police officers go through before becoming certified,” shares the Sheriff’s Office. “Citizen Academies have been very successful in agencies on the Wasatch Front. It gives people who are interested in what we do and possibly interested in the career, a little insight into our training and the situations we are faced with.” The first class is expected to begin in January and will be for citizens ages 18 and older. The first class will be limited to 20 people and the academy application will soon be available on the Uintah County Sheriff’s website. Upon completion, some of those in the Citizens Academy will be used to form a citizens review board, which is among Sheriff Norton’s goals.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.