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.
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:
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.
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)
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: