WHAT IS THE CITIZENS' ACADEMY?
The Citizens' Academy is a look into the values and philosophy of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Students will be encouraged to share this realistic view of the office with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement and order in their neighborhoods, through shared responsibility and resources.
WHAT TOPICS ARE COVERED?
A wide variety of topics are included in the Citizens' Academy, including those that are seen by the public and those areas seldom seen. Some of the topics that will be taught include, but are not limited to: SWAT, K9, Crime Scene Investigation, and Use of Force scenarios.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?
The purpose of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy is to provide information to the citizens who attend, so they may make informed judgments about the office. Good understanding can dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase police/community rapport through this educational process. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, in turn, becomes more aware of the concerns of the community from the students. This will help to establish open lines of communication and cooperation in our shared goal of achieving the best police service for the citizens of Montgomery County.
WHEN IS THE ACADEMY?
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy meets on Tuesday evenings for three hours. The Academy runs for ten weeks and is held at various Montgomery County Sheriff's Office buildings. Classes meet from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and require a substantial commitment from the student. Any student who misses more than two meetings will not be eligible to graduate. There is no cost to attend. Casual clothes are recommended.
WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY?
Persons who have applications pending with a law enforcement agency (it is not the intent of the Citizens' Academy to further the career choices of the students)
Direct relatives of current law enforcement officers living in the in the same household.
Persons with a known criminal history.
Persons under the age of 21.
Persons living outside Montgomery County limits.
Persons unable to make a commitment to attend the 10 week course.
Persons with a history of thefts, public intoxication, or repeated offenses.
Persons who are the subject of a protection order.
WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS FOR ADMISSION?
Applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the class start date. The Online Application is located below. Once the applications are closed, the selections will be made by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy Commission, with the Sheriff making the final decisions.
Local records and criminal history will be checked. Outstanding warrants and driving histories will be checked. Persons with extensive driving records will be looked at to determine if their reasons for wanting to attend conform to the goals of the academy.
A waiting list will be created from the applicants who were not able to be included in this class due to the class size. If an opening occurs prior to the beginning of the class, the next person on the waiting list will be contacted.
If accepted, students will not be permitted to bring children to class.
If you have any questions about the academy, please call 937-496-RSVP(7787) and leave your name, number and a brief message, and someone will reply to you as soon as possible.