Citizens Academy

 In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, MCSO has cancelled Citizens' Academy for 2022.  We will provide updates on our website when this course has been reopened. Thank you. 


The purpose of the Citizen’s Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and law enforcement through education. The academy offers insights into how the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office serves the community. It offers hands-on experience into how deputies perform their duties and provides an explanation of how we respond to different situations. The academy creates well-informed citizens who possess a greater awareness of law enforcement practices and services. 

A wide variety of topics are included in the Citizens' Academy, including those that are seen by the public and those areas seldom seen. Topics include, but are not limited to: SWAT, K9 Demonstrations, Crime Scene Investigations, Regional Dispatch Center, and more. 

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.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy meets on Thursday 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.

Classes begin in September 2021 and end in November 2021


  • 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.

All applicants must fill out an application at and successfully pass a background investigation. Precedence is given to the residents of Montgomery County and class participation is limited. Please note: If accepted, students will not be permitted to bring children to class.  

Once the time frame for submissions is closed, selections will be made by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Citizens' Academy Commission. Local records, criminal history, outstanding warrants and driving records will be checked. A waiting list will be created from applicants who were not able to be included in this class due to class size. If an opening occurs, 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 937-225-4089 and leave your name, number and a brief message, and someone will reply to you as soon as possible.

First Name:
Last Name:
City or Town and Zip Code:
Date of Birth:
Driver's License Number/State ID Number:
Have you been Convicted of a felony?  Yes:       No:
If Yes, please explain:
Why do you want to attend?


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