Applications are now being accepted for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy, a unique, free opportunity to learn firsthand how the sheriff’s office functions and to experience some of the training offered to deputies, being held on Thursdays from March 7 through May 23.The academy training covers many of the topics taught to new deputies, including law, patrol procedures, traffic stops, K9, physical tactics, impaired driving enforcement, 911 services, emergency driving, firearms, corrections, investigations and more.
“The Citizen’s Academy runs for 11 weeks with instruction provided by members of the sheriff’s office who are qualified in each area of expertise. After completion of the Academy, participants will receive a certificate during a graduation ceremony,” Deputy Bryant Orem said. “The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy is not designed to, nor will it in any way, bestow law enforcement authority upon participants.”
Most sessions include classroom discussions along with demonstrations and hands-on practical experiences so participants better understand the many roles and functions of the sheriff’s office. Academy participants will also be offered opportunities to go on “ride-alongs” with a deputy as well as to observe the jail staff in action.
To attend, participants must be at least 18-years-old; live and/or work in Hamilton County; have no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within the past year (background checks will be performed); commit to attend each session which lasts about three hours (maximum of two absences allowed); and sign any required waivers and agreements.
Orem said all citizens were encouraged to apply. Class size is limited, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications may be submitted any time, and a waiting list is kept if maximum class size is reached.
Applications may be obtained at the sheriff’s office or downloaded at www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov and returned to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, 18100 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060.