The Flagler County Sheriff's Office's Citizen's Academy has been designed to provide citizens with an inside look at local law enforcement. The six-week academy meets twice weekly and will give citizens an overview of the agency. The curriculum is similar to a traditional law enforcement academy, but the sessions are not intended to make the participant a deputy sheriff.
During the academy, students will learn be provided with an overview of the agency, visit the agencies communications center and inmate facilities, learn about the largest division in the agency, Neighborhood Services as well as the Investigative Services Divisions. You will learn about drug enforcement and the Safe Neighborhood Unit and Victim Services. You will also hear from members of specialized units like SWAT, Marine and Dive, Agricultural and Ranch Unit and K-9 to name just a few.
Academy classes are taught by members of the sheriff's office command staff as well as civilian personnel. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the Sheriff and staff members. They are encouraged to ask questions and to express their concerns to Sheriff's employees. The Flagler County Sheriff's Office hopes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community through the education provided by the Citizen's Academy.
The Flagler County Sheriff's Office offers Spring and Fall sessions of the Citizen's Academy. The length of each academy is six weeks. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The first two scheduled classes are held at the Flagler County Emergency Operations, 1769 East Moody Blvd., Bunnell. All remaining classes are held at the Flagler County Sheriff's Office Operations Center, 1001 Justice Lane, Bunnell.
Candidates for the citizen's academy must meet the following criteria:
- Minimum age of 18 years
- Community members must live or work in Flagler County
- No prior felony convictions
- No misdemeanor arrests within the last twelve months
- Any of the above listed requirements may be waived upon review and approval of the Sheriff
Members of civic groups or community organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Enrollment is limited to approximately twenty-five students per academy class.
For more information please call the Flagler County Sheriff's Office – Community Outreach Unit – Sgt. Mike Lutz at 386-586-2632
A class is currently being planned to start on April 1st, 2014.