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Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy

Citizens' Law Enforcement Academy

Citizens’ Academy Full – Applications are no longer being accepted

What is the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy?

The Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy is a 24 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 the schedule for the Citizens’ Law Enforcement Academy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The next Citizens’ Academy will start October 3, 2019 thru March 26, 2020, applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. September 18, 2019
  • View the 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.
  • Download an Application Form
  • An application may be sent to you by contacting Reserve Deputy Dan Hershman at
  • Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. September 18, 2019.
  • Cost for the Academy is $30 per person, which covers the cost of a polo shirt and Academy notebook. If you are accepted to attend the Academy the $30 fee must be paid to Deputy Hershman no later than the October 10, 2019 Citizen’s Academy session.

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