Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy.
The academy class is full and we are no longer accepting applications.
Please check back in with us in July 2017 to apply for next year’s academy.

What is the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy?

The Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is a 23 week course providing an overview of various law enforcement topics. The program explains the different aspects of police work using classroom discussions and hands-on demonstrations. The Citizens’ Academy offers community members insight into how Sheriff’s Deputies perform their duties and how the Sheriff’s Office serves the community and has been an effective tool in garnering public support.

Course Description

The Citizens’ Academy is not an accredited law enforcement certification program, but is designed to provide citizens insight about the internal workings of the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement in general.

Instruction consists of one 3 1/2-hour class each week for twenty three weeks, and a final graduation ceremony. Classes are limited to 25 students. View schedule for the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy.

Course Curriculum

  • Criminal Law
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Drug Task Force Function
  • K-9/Bomb Team/SWAT
  • Emergency Service
  • Communications
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Jail Operations & Tour
  • Traffic Enforcement/DUI
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Family Abuse/Juvenile Procedures
  • Community Services
  • Identity Theft / Forensic Cyber Investigations
  • Personal Safety & Defensive Tactics

An integral part of the Academy is active participation in the dynamic training modules. These simulations provide an opportunity for a unique "hands-on" learning experience in tactical decision making and self defense.

Who May Attend the Academy?

  • Citizens 18 years of age or older
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions
  • Citizens with no misdemeanor convictions within the year prior to application
  • Have not attended our Citizens Academy in the previous 3 years. Your application will be considered after 3 years pending academy requirements; first time applicants will be given priority.

Local police record, driving history, and criminal histories will be checked prior to appointment.

When and Where is the Academy Held?

  • The next Citizens’ Academy will start October 6, 2016 thru March 30, 2017, applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. September 19, 2016
  • View schedule for the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy
  • Sessions will be held at the Boulder County Sheriff's Office Headquarters located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway, in Boulder Map and directions.

How Do I Apply To the Academy?

  • Download an Application Form
  • An application may be sent to you by contacting Reserve Deputy Dan Hershman at
  • Cost for the Academy is $30 per person, which covers the cost of a polo shirt and Academy notebook. A check should be included with your application.

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Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy

Main: 303-441-3621
Alternate: 303-441-4444
Emergency: 911

Commander Kevin Parker
Reserve Deputy Dan Hershman

Sheriff's Headquarters

5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301
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