Community Public Safety Academy

Applications for the 2018 WCSO Community Academy are now accepted through September 14. Classes occur October 17 - November 14. The academy is limited to 30 students, so register fast. We look forward to meeting you!

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What is the Community Academy?

The WCSO Community Academy is a rare and unique opportunity to learn about law enforcement and how we work to keep our neighborhoods safe. In just one month, students receive 30 hours of training over six sessions that consists of classroom and hands-on instruction. This is a very engaging program with ample amounts of time for Q+A sessions, conversations and activities.

Classroom instruction will cover a variety of teams and topics, including the K-9 Unit, Mental Health Response Team, Violent Crimes Unit, Crisis Negotiation Unit and more. Students will be given exclusive tours of the jail, dispatch center and other public safety facilities. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about what we do in our community every day!

When is the Community Academy?
The WCSO Community Academy consists of 30 hours of training over six sessions between Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Attendance of each session is required to graduate.

  • Wednesday, October 17, 6:00-9:30pm
  • Saturday, October 20, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 27, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 7, 6:00-9:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 14, 6:00-9:30pm

Who can attend the Community Academy?
The WCSO Community Academy is open to all community members who meet the minimum qualifications and can attend all six sessions. It is perfect for students, community leaders, potential recruits and anyone wanting to learn more about law enforcement in America today. All are welcome! 

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.


Each academy is limited to 30 students. Applications now accepted through September 14. First class starts on Wednesday, October 17.


For more information, contact Amy Terrones at 503-846-2774.