Clergy Law Enforcement Academy

The Desoto County Sheriff’s Department is proud to present the Clergy Law Enforcement Academy (CLEA). The CLEA has been developed to enhance and strengthen the relationship between Desoto County’s clergy and faith-based leaders and the Desoto County Sheriff's Department. This academy will help foster interaction and cooperation between the department and the county’s clergy and faith-based leaders. One way of accomplishing this goal is through an exchange of ideas and education.

The CLEA is designed to educate the clergy and faith-based leaders of Desoto County on the mission, vision, and values of the department as well as policies, procedures, and day-to-day operations. The CLEA provides the participants with a unique inside look at the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department and presents an opportunity to increase the understanding of the department. By highlighting the role, capabilities, and limitations of the department, this course helps to increase the level of trust, respect, and sense of understanding and awareness between the department and the community.

The CLEA is structured to provide information on a variety of topics in enjoyable and interesting ways. Some of the topics that will be covered are: Communications, Internal Affairs, Investigations, Juvenile Law, Narcotics, Officer Safety, Patrol Operations, Records, S.W.A.T., Training, Traffic, Motors, and the K-9 program. There will also be opportunities for ride-a-longs with deputies and sit-a-longs with dispatchers.

Both sworn and non-sworn personnel of the sheriff’s department teach the CLEA classes. Each instructor has years of experience in his/her respective fields. Participants will have the opportunity to meet Sheriff Bill Rasco as well as the command staff of the department, ask questions, discuss issues, and do some of the things that deputies do as part of their jobs.

The CLEA is a fun and exciting educational opportunity. It is open to all clergy and faith-based leaders in Desoto County. Participants must be at least eighteen years old with no misdemeanor convictions in the past three years or any felony convictions.

We invite you to be a part of this cooperative effort between the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s clergy and faith-based leaders. Applications and schedule can be obtained from APP Schedule or by contacting Captain Brian Keller (662-469-8534, bkeller@desotocountyms.gov) or the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department (311 W. South St., Hernando, MS 38632).