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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.

Experience the EXCITEMENT of law enforcement! Want to find out first-hand how the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office works? See how we consistently patrol our community and prevent or solve crimes? Learn how to collect and preserve evidence? Put yourself in the shoes of a Deputy making a split-second, life or death decision? If you do, then this academy is just for you!

If you’re an active Citrus County community member, you can do just that and more through this amazing experience. The academy teaches Citrus County residents the mission and the behind-the-scenes operations of the Sheriff’s Office. So far, the Citizens’ Academy has proudly graduated more than 2,500 active community members.

This free and fascinating 12 week course covers-
Criminal Investigation
Intelligence Analysis
Specialty Units: Aviation, Marine, Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT), Bomb Squad, Dive Team, and K-9
Emergency Operations Center and Communications
Crime Prevention
Victims Services
Senior Services
Financial Services

Experience two exclusive field trips-
See our Specialty Units in action at the Sheriff Office’s Aviation Hangar
Experience a Firearms Training Simulation at the Withlacoochee Technical College

Fill out an application today and learn what the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is all about!

Citizens' Academy Online Application

Citizens' Academy Mail-In Application

Every January, our evening classes (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) are reserved for high school students to learn more about their Sheriff’s Office. Students interested in attending the academy should fill out the ‘Citizens’ Academy Mail-In Application for Students with Waiver’ here.