Citizens' Academy

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The Washington County Sheriff's Office is proud to offer Citizens' Academy #34 in the spring of 2015. The Citizens' Academy is a continuing effort to help develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement in our communities. The academy is designed for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations.


What is the Citizens' Academy?

The Citizens' Academy provides over 55 hours of training that consists of classroom and hands-on instruction. Classes give citizens an opportunity to observe the inner workings of their Sheriff's Office. Students are actively involved in many interesting activities such as using police equipment, participating in jail activities, and several role-play scenarios. Sheriff's Office personnel from many fields explain and demonstrate the duties and responsibilities of their positions, and participants will tour the Sheriff's Office and other criminal justice facilities. This is an interactive program, so student questions and comments are encouraged throughout.


Some of the topics that we include are Officer Selection and Training, various duties within the Sheriff's Office, Jail Operations, Patrol Operations, Investigations, Tactical Operations, Canine Team, Traffic Safety Unit, Use of Firearms, Narcotic Trends, Judicial System, Crime Scene Investigations, and Crime Prevention.


Minimum Qualifications to attend Citizens' Academy at the Sheriff's Office:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.

  • Willingness and ability to pass a thorough background check.

  • Must not have not failed a Sheriff's Office background investigation in the last 12 months.

  • No history of felony or violent misdemeanor arrest.

  • Must not have been lodged in any jail in the last 10 years, and never in the Washington County Jail.


Citizen Academy ParticipantThe Citizens' Academy Schedule

The new academy begins each spring and fall on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with three weekend classes during each session. The next class will begin sometime in March 2014.


If you are interested in attending the next Citizens' Academy, please complete the attached application. Students must attend at least nine of the eleven classes offered to qualify for graduation, so please check your schedule carefully before applying for the course. Each academy is limited to 40 students.


For more information about the Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy, please contact Darlene Schnoor at (503) 846-2774. To apply for the next Citizens' Academy, please use the online application form.