Community Public Safety Academy

Class begins Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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What is the Community Public Safety Academy?

The Community Public Safety Academy provides over 40 hours of training that consists of classroom and hands-on instruction. 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, Survival Skills, Narcotic Trends, Judicial System, Crime Scene Investigations, and more!


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.

  • Willingness and ability to pass a thorough background check.

  • Must not have 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.




Academy Schedule

The spring academy begins on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Classes are held Tuesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and two additional Saturday classes from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Saturday classes are scheduled for March 18, 2017 and April 1, 2017.

Students must attend at least 10 of the 12 classes to qualify for graduation, so please check your schedule carefully before applying for the course.  Each academy is limited to 40 students.


If you are interested in attending the next Community Public Safety Academy, please complete the online application form.

For more information, contact Darlene Schnoor at (503) 846-2774.