The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is a 11-week program designed to give participants a working knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office. This free program gives participants an in-depth, educational, and often exciting hands-on look behind the scenes of law enforcement work in their community.

Community oriented policing is an important and vital part in reducing crime in any community. One major objective of the program is to have graduates become partners with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to identify problems and solutions to crime issues that affect Lawrence County. Academy graduates take their knowledge back to their neighborhoods where it can be used to enhance the quality of life in the community.

Classes, scheduled to begin June 6, will be held one night a week from 6-8:30 p.m. to accommodate as many schedules as possible. The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is held one time per year currently, but could increase in the near future. The Academy will accommodate up to 25 participants.

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is open to participants that meet the following requirements:

Be at least 21 years of age Live, work, or own property in Lawrence County Must not be a convicted felon or have a lengthy or violent criminal history; applicants must pass a criminal history check before admittance into the program No children are permitted during sessions No person under the influence of alcohol or other substances will be allowed to participate No weapons will be permitted in the classroom or during any exercise Casual wear for classroom and exercises (participants will be provided an Academy shirt) Business casual for ride-along Students will conduct themselves in a manner to positively reflect Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Students who come under criminal investigation should remove themselves from the program until the investigation is concluded No more than one class can be missed in order to graduate

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is not a physically demanding program. Adults of all ages are encouraged to apply. Fill out the application here: