The Collin County Citizens' Sheriff's Academy is a 45 hour block of instruction designed to give the citizens of Collin County a working knowledge of the Sheriff's Office personnel, policies and procedures. It consists of 14 classes held once a week for three hours. The instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Sheriff's Office each week. Certified police officers, supervisors and personnel with particular expertise in different sections of the Sheriff's Office, as well as guest instructors, will conduct each instructional block.
The curriculum covers diverse topics of training such as communications, training, criminal investigations, criminal law, DWI investigations, family violence, narcotics enforcement, tactical operations, hostage negotiations, jail operations, and firearms/weapons use. Emphasis is placed on the patrol section because it is the segment that comes in contact with the community the most.
The Collin County Citizens' Sheriff's Academy has been created in order to provide enough information to the citizens of Collin County so that they may make informed judgments about the Sheriff's Office role in the community. It is also the goal of the Citizens' Sheriff's Academy to increase law enforcement awareness, to dispel suspicions and misconceptions, and to increase law enforcement/community rapport through the educational process. The Sheriff's Office, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the students' interaction and input. Indeed, a two-way learning experience.
The class is made up of a cross-section of citizens from Collin County. Any interested citizen who resides or works in Collin County is encouraged to be a part of this program. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Please send an
Email or call the Crime Prevention Unit at (972) 547-5100 or Metro (972) 424-4797 for an application. You may also download the
Citizen's Academy Application.