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Citizens Academy

The Sheriffs Office is presenting the 26lh Sheriffs Citizens Police Academy. The Sheriffs Office and The DeKalb County Farm Bureau have sponsored the academy since its inception in 1996.

The Academy is scheduled to begin Thursday January 9th, 2020 and will conclude with graduation celebration at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau on March 19th, 2020. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Thursday evenings and will be held primarily at the Legislative Center in Sycamore and the Community Outreach Building in DeKalb. The Academy is not meant to prepare individuals for a law enforcement career, but is an educational opportunity for DeKalb County Citizens. The Academy has been developed to give citizens a realistic view of the Criminal Justice System in DeKalb County, at the same time giving Sheriffs Staff the opportunity to interact with citizens in a positive atmosphere. Citizens from all walks of life have enjoyed and graduated from the academy.

Instructors for the academy include deputies from the Sheriffs Office and other segments within the Criminal Justice System. Academy topics cover several areas including arrest procedures, criminal law, investigations, domestic violence, traffic stops, telecommunications, corrections, judicial perspective, and active shooter response for citizens, etc. Many of the classes include optional hands-on involvement by members of the Academy. Coordinators for the Academy are Deputy Sarah Frazier and Lieutenant Jim Burgh.

Sheriff Scott stated, “Little did we know in the beginning that the  Citizens Academy would be such a successful, popular, and enduring program. I thank all those citizens, and instructors who have made the academy so successful.”

Those interested in attending Citizens Police Academy may contact the Sheriffs Office for an application by calling, 815-895-7260, or by stopping at the Sheriffs Office at 150 N. Main St. Sycamore. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and live or work within DeKalb County. Basic background checks are conducted on all applicants.  Watch the downloadable video on YouTube.

The application can be downloaded here:  APPLICATION

There is no registration fee, however class size is limited and the deadline for registration is December 20th, 2019. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

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