Citizen's Academy

CCSO Citizen's Accademy

IMPORTANT NOTICE: At this time, Citizen's Academy has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Check back frequently for updates.

The Collin County Sheriff's Office offers a Citizens Academy to residents 18 and older who work or reside in Collin County and are interested in learning more about law enforcement operations and the Collin County Sheriff's Office internal processes. The basic goal of the Citizens Academy is to improve law enforcement/community relations through a formalized educational process.

The Citizens Academy will present a wide range of topical training subjects condensed from the standard training curriculum of Sheriff's Deputies. By presenting this program, we hope to provide a broad educational experience which will familiarize attending citizens with the mission of Sheriff's Office personnel and the requirements of law to which officers must conform while carrying out their prescribed duties.

Through attendance and participation in the Citizens Academy,

  • Citizens will be able to make more informed judgments about the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement activities.
  • The Sheriff's Office will become more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community, as expressed by attending citizens.
  • Citizens and Sheriff's representatives will have an opportunity to explore some of the traditional suspicions and misconceptions generally harbored by both citizens and Sheriff's Deputies. Through open discussion of such suspicions and misconceptions, a more harmonious climate for relationships may be established.

The Academy consists of 13 weeks of sessions that meet once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each week will feature a different aspect of the Sheriff's Office, including tours of the award-winning Detention Facility, and demonstrations by the tactical team, dive team and K-9 unit. Classes will be held at the Collin County Sheriff's Office, located at 4300 Community Avenue McKinney, TX 75071, in the training classroom.

The participants will represent a cross-section of the Collin County community. The long range benefit of the interaction that will take place during the academy is a better Collin County for all citizens.

Interested candidates are asked to complete an application and background check to determine if they are eligible for the program. Download the application here: Citizen's Academy Application (PDF).

For more information about the Collin County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy, contact Deputy Stefanie Foster by phone at 972-547-5185 or by Email.