Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters           1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue Inverness, FL 34450-4968
Citrus County Sheriff's Office Headquarters
1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450-4968
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Citizens' Academy

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Citizens’ Academy is a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of your Sheriff’s Office.  This 12-week educational series of classes is taught by experienced sheriff’s officials who share their unique perspective on law enforcement.  Best of all – it is free.

The Citizens’ Academy, which is offered three times a year with both an afternoon and evening class option, even includes two field trips!  Students will learn about the many different facets of the CCSO, like:

  • Patrol – what a deputy does, how the CCSO patrol division is organized, what weapons and tools a deputy carries, including a discussion about tasers; and more
  • Criminal Investigations – what types of detectives and units (cyber crime, sexual predator, etc.) we have at the Sheriff’s Office, what they do and more.
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/911 – includes a visit to the communications center for an inside look at the role of Communications Officers and Dispatchers.
  • Traffic – who works traffic, what traffic deputies do on a daily basis.
  • Specialty Units – like Aviation, Marine, K-9, the Dive team, the Bomb unit, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and more.  Includes a field trip to Aviation so participants can see the teams in action
  • Forensics Unit – get an inside look at fingerprinting and crime scene investigations
  • Tactical Impact Unit – what this unit does and what types of crimes, they encounter
  • Crime Prevention – what it is and what we do to help citizens’ prevent crime.
  • Community Resource Officers (CRO) – what the program is all about and what CROs do
  • School Resource Officer (SRO) program – learn about what our SROs do in the schools and how they interact with kids.
  • Training – includes a field trip to the Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) to see our field-training officers in action.  Experience what it is like to face a criminal with a gun!
  • Plus, an inside look at legal issues, finance, human resources, information technology, media relations, the victim advocate program and much MORE!