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CITIZENS ACADEMY

INTRODUCTION

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is a 10-week program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.  This free program gives participants an in-depth, educational, and often exciting hands-on look behind the scenes of law enforcement work in their community.

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IMPORTANCE OF THE SHERIFF’S CITIZENS ACADEMY

Community oriented policing is an important and vital part in reducing crime in any community.  One major objective of the program is to have graduates become partners with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office to identify problems and solutions to crime issues that affect Christian County.  Academy graduates take their knowledge back to their neighborhoods where it can be used to enhance the quality of life in our community.

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CLASS SCHEDULE

Classes are held one night a week from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is held 1 time per year currently, but could increase in the near future.

 

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is open to participants that meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Anyone that lives, works, or owns property in Christian County
  • Must not be a convicted felon or have a lengthy or violent criminal history; applicants must pass a criminal history check before admittance into the program
  • No children are permitted
  • No person under the influence of alcohol or other substances will be allowed to participate
  • No weapons will be permitted in the classroom or during any exercise
  • Casual wear for classroom and exercises (you will be provided an Academy shirt)
  • Business casual for ride-along
  • Students will conduct themselves in a manner to positively reflect Christian County Sheriff’s Office
  • Students who come under criminal investigation should remove themselves from the program until the investigation is concluded
  • No more than 1 class can be missed in order to graduate

 

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is not a physically demanding program.  Adults of all ages are encouraged to apply.

 

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Print an application by clicking on the blue hyperlink or pick up a copy at the Sheriff’s Office at 110 West Elm, Room 70, Ozark, Missouri, or call Captain Jeff Lofton at 417-582-5330.