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Sheriff's Citizens Academy



Sheriff Roger Scott is pleased to announce the annual offering of the Sheriff's Citizens Police Academy for citizens of DeKalb County. Deputy Sarah Frazier and Detective John Holiday are the coordinators of the 24th Citizens Police Academy.

The Academy has been co-sponsored by the Sheriff's Office, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau since 1996. The Academy is scheduled to begin Thursday January 4, 2018 and will conclude with graduation at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau the week of March 15th, 2018 Classes are from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Thursday evenings and are held primarily at the Legislative Center in Sycamore. The Academy is not meant to prepare individuals for a law enforcement career, but as an educational opportunity for DeKalb County Citizens.


Since 1996 approximately 500 citizens from all walks of life have graduated from the academy. Instructors for the academy include deputies from the Sheriff's Office, and other segments of the Criminal Justice System. The goal of the Academy is to give citizens a realistic view of the Criminal Justice System in DeKalb County, as well as to enable deputies and other instructors to receive feedback directly from the citizens.


Academy topics cover several areas including arrest procedures, criminal law, investigations, domestic violence, traffic stops, telecommunications, corrections, the judiciary, coroner's office, and other topics. Many of the classes include optional hands-on involvement by members of the Academy.


Those interested in attending Citizens Police Academy may contact the Sheriff's Office for an application by calling, 895-7260, or by stopping at the Sheriff's Office at 150 N. Main St. Sycamore. Applicants must be at least 21 years and live or work within DeKalb County. Basic background checks are conducted on all applicants. The application can be downloaded by going to and looking and along left hand side for Citizen Academy application. An informational video may also be found on the website.


There is no registration fee, however class size is limited and the deadline for registration is December 20th, 2017, early registration is encouraged.



Download the 2017-2018 Citizen Academy Application Now!


Watch  Watch the new downloadable YouTube Citizen Academy Video