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Citizens Academy

What is the Citizens Academy?

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the concept of Community Policing. Including citizens as partners in finding solutions to crime and its prevention, is a valued part of that concept.

The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to develop positive relations and partnerships between the Sheriff’s Office and the community at large, through education. It is not our intent to train citizens to become deputies. Rather it is an opportunity to see first hand what local deputies do and the responsibilities law enforcement personnel have.

By creating a nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who understand the tasks and responsibilities of our deputies, we hope to enhance the relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the community, resulting in a clearer understanding of what the community can expect from the deputies who serve them and what the deputies can provide within the parameters of funding and the law.

Critical to the success of any partnership is to be well informed about the issues and responsibilities facing all individuals within a partnership. The Academy is our way of providing information on our mission, values, resources, practices, and services. With better understanding it becomes easier for police and our citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood and community problems.

What Will I Learn?

  • Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene analysis and Evidence;
  • Computer Forensics and Identity Theft;
  • Officer Safety, Survival, Use of force and CERT;
  • Emergency Management and Homeland Security;
  • Reserves and Training;
  • K-9 Officers and their roles;
  • Patrol and the traffic team;
  • The CODE Team, Narcotics and Drug Enforcement;
  • Search and Rescue & Marine;
  • Jail Tour; Work Center and Parole and Probation;
  • Court Security and Transports;
  • Records, Code Enforcement, Civil and Impounds;
  • 911 dispatch;
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation – Skid Car
  • Budgeting
  • Professional Standards
  • Community Policing including: School Resource Officers, Teen Diversion and Volunteering programs

Who Will Teach Me?

Officers, Supervisors, Dispatchers and Technicians who possess a wide variety of skills, training and experience. You are encouraged to ask questions, express ideas, view simulated activities, observe trainings, tour the facilities, and if you desire, take part in firearms training, EVOC training, and sign up for a ride along with a patrol deputy. For additional information, please call 541-388-6655.

Student Comments

"This has been a most incredible learning experience and I'm so lucky to have able to participate".

"Greatly exceeded my expectations".

"The patrol deputies were incredibly sharp".

"I'm so impressed with how dedicated the Sheriff's Office is to our community".

The academy is scheduled every Wednesday night from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, starting February 7, 2018 and continuing through April 18, 2018. There is no cost to attend this academy.

The deadline for receiving applications is January 12, 2018. 

Before you apply, please be aware of the following:

  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must complete an application
  • You are asked to commit to the 10 week series of classes
  • Preference will be given to those who work or reside in Deschutes County
  • You will be subject to a criminal background check.

Interested applicants can download an citizens academy application here. Adobe PDF reader required.

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

Adult Jail

(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

Monday - Friday 8-5pm

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