CITIZEns academy

What is it?

What will you learn?

What will you learn?

The Citizens Academy is a free, eight-week community outreach program designed to provide citizens who live and work in the county a unique opportunity to learn more about the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

What will you learn?

What will you learn?

What will you learn?

 The academy features both a classroom setting with presentations by Sheriff’s office personnel from multiple divisions, and a variety of learning experiences outside the classroom.  Participants will gain first-hand knowledge about the inner workings of the agency and have the opportunity to see what deputies go through on a daily basis by participating in a ride-along with a Sheriff’s office deputy. 


Some of the topics that will be covered in Citizens Academy are:


  • Sheriff’s office structure and operations
  • Investigations
  • Use of force
  • Vice & Narcotics
  • Media Relations
  • Traffic stops
  • Communications
  • ....and many others

When is it?

What will you learn?

Who can sign up?


The academy will be offered twice a year, with Spring and Fall sessions. Most classes will be held at the Sheriff’s office training center located at 164 Government Complex Dr. Columbus, NC.  After completion, Citizens Academy graduates are given the opportunity to join the Polk County Sheriff’s Office's Citizens Academy Alumni Association in order to keep in contact with their classmates and Sheriff’s office personnel.


Session I is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2021 followed by Session II in the Fall of 2021.  Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5.30 - 8.30PM.  Transportation is not provided.  Refreshments will be served each class.

Who can sign up?

Interested? Questions?

Who can sign up?

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS:


Must be at least 21 years old


Must live and/or work in Polk County


Must attend a minimum number of classroom sessions


Must participate in a Ride Along as part of the class (scheduled through the Citizens Academy Moderator)

Interested? Questions?

Interested? Questions?

Interested? Questions?

If  you are interested in the Citizens Academy or have any question, please use the contact form below to get in touch with us. 

Individuals are ineligible to participate if any of the following apply:


  • Pending arrest or conviction for any offense
  • Any felony arrest within the previous ten (10) years
  • Any misdemeanor arrest within the previous five (5) years 
  • Any conviction of a felony or any domestic violence
  • Pending arrest or conviction of a felony or any domestic violence
  • Currently under investigation by any law enforcement agency
  • Intentional deception on arrest record or failure to report an arrest in this application
  • Has been denied employment by this agency and is ineligible to reapply
  • Has been terminated by this agency or resigned to avoid disciplinary action
  • Has been previously rejected from the Citizens Academy due to failure to disclose arrest record or other untruthful information on application
  • Does not possess a valid, government-issued identification
  • Any person who is a member of any organization or participates in any organization deemed by the Sheriff or Chief Deputy to be subversive to the agency or the law enforcement profession
  • Any person who is or has been party to a civil lawsuit against the county of Polk, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and/or any current employees of the agency
  • Any person who is delinquent in the payment of court-mandated child support
  • Any person who appears mentally ill-prepared to exhibit sound judgment.
  • The Sheriff or his designee retains the right to allow or deny anyone from participation in this program at his/her discretion, with or without cause or explanation.

If you are interested in the Citizens Academy or have any questions, fill out the contact form below: