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 is hosted by Heather Yates, who is the agency’s Director of Community Relations.  The 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 isand 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!

Heather Yates
Director of Community Relations

Citizens' Academy Online Application

Citizens' Academy Mail-In Application