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Welcome Message

Welcome to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy. The purpose of the Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is to provide you with a deeper understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to be a deputy in modern day law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy is a eight week course, designed to better educate the citizens of Cherokee County about the Sheriff’s Office and our operations. This event is only open to residents of Cherokee County. As a student you will have class once a week, lasting two to three hours. There will also be one Saturday class for firearms training.

The Citizen’s Academy is a great opportunity for you to meet and connect with the men and women who serve you every day. All of the instructors you will have over the next eight weeks are Sheriff’s Office employees.

The classes offered at the Citizen’s Academy include both classroom lecture and hands-on exercises. For example, during patrol week, you will have a class on patrol, with classroom presentation.  After the class portion you will be given scenarios as well as have the opportunity to sign up to go on a ride along.

On top of learning about road operations you will also get lessons on the Adult Detention Center, K9, Criminal Investigations Division, and Special Operations.  We will also have one Saturday class which will cover firearms. This day will include both classroom training and live fire training.

The end goal is to expose you, the citizen, to as many aspects of law enforcement as possible during the program. We will strive to offer you a glimpse into everything from patrol to investigations, weapons and defensive tactics, to crime scene management. While we will not go into depth on any one area, you will leave with a solid introduction of the work the Sheriff’s Office performs. Each section will be instructed by personnel actively assigned to that area to allow you to meet as many Sheriff’s Office employees as possible.

Frank Reynolds, Sheriff

2019 Graduating Class

Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy – Application


INSTRUCTIONS

This questionnaire is to be used by the training staff to perform a background investigation on applicants seeking to attend the Citizens Academy with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.  The purpose of the background investigation is to ensure the applicants of the Citizens Academy meet the minimum qualifications, as well as ensure applicants meet the standards of integrity and moral character needed to attended the Academy.

You are to fill out this questionnaire completely and accurately.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  All statements in the questionnaire are subject to verification.  Incorrect statements will disqualify or remove you from consideration.  If the space provided is inadequate, attach a continuation sheet and identify additional information by item number and page number.  Any information found to be erroneous, whether intentional or not, may be used as a reason for disqualification from the class.

Once a new academy class is announced, you will be contacted individualy by a member of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Training unit, confirming if you have been accepted into the class.

CSO Citizen's Academy Application

Personal History Statement

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Have you ever been convicted of an act of family violence as defined above? *
Are you a United States Citizen? *

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After submitting this application, please download and fill out the below linked PDF document and e-mail it to Corporal Joshua Watkins.

Citizens Academy Handout