Citizens Police Academy

Would You Like to Take a Glimpse Behind the Badge?

Have you ever wondered what Sheriff's deputies do all day? You can find answers to all your questions by enrolling in the Citizen's Police Academy.

You'll get hands-on instruction from expert officers and civilians from all over the department, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The goal is to give you a better understanding of police work and a greater awareness of the daily challenges faced by our deputies.

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Students will learn about

  • Patrol Operations
  • Canine Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement and Management
  • Law Enforcement Equipment
  • Criminal Investigations
  • PSAP 911 Operations
  • SWAT
  • Judicial Overview
  • Detention

Hours and Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Open to all who live in Oconee County
  • Must clear a review of your criminal record and police contact history prior to acceptance
  • Total time commitment: 33 hours over 10 weeks
  • Classes meet weekly for ten Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Graduation is on the last Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
  • Due to the popularity of this class, you are asked to commit to attending at least eight of the ten sessions.
  • No transportation provided.

Application

To apply, download the application form and follow the included instructions.

You may contact us by phone at 864-638-2017.

Be A Part Of The Solution

The academy gives our citizens first-hand information on how and why the Sheriff's Office operates, and examining the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with members of the agency.

The Citizen's Academy is NOT an offer of employment, but a volunteer organization and program to educate those respected members of our community who want to hear information on law enforcement and the OCSO right from the source.

Upon graduation, participants can become members of the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association. The association meets once a month, on the third Thursday of each month where they will have guest speakers from various law enforcement/legal agencies. The association also conducts special tours periodically during the year. Membership in the association includes a monthly newsletter keeping them updated on OCSO events.

Participants will also have the opportunity to sit with our Communications Department (E-911 and Dispatch).