The Salt Lake County Sheriff's office will be conducting a special academy to qualify interested persons as unpaid volunteer reserve deputies and eventually as entry-level deputies.

The sheriff's office is especially interested in recruiting minorities and women for the four-month academy, scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday nights next February through May.The free classes are intended to help candidates begin a career in law enforcement. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent and have no felony convictions, criminal offenses or drunken driving convictions.

Candidates should contact Lt. Mike Wilkinson, commander Special Forces Division, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, Hall of Justice, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, phone 535-5557.