Citizens Academy


Citizen's Academy

Citizen Academy is a look into the daily responsibilities and operation of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office believes that educating the citizens of Hancock County will aid in police/community rapport and will help to dispel misconceptions and misunderstanding. In turn, the Sheriff's Offices becomes more aware of the feeling and concerns of the community through input from the students.


The Sheriff’s Citizen Academy typically meets every Tuesday for nine weeks, beginning early spring thru May.

The 10th week is a Field Day activity day, that includes range time. The Field Day is scheduled on a Saturday morning in May.

Also during the Field Day,  there is a cookout with a small graduation ceremony that inlcudes family and friends.


  • Drug Interdiction
  • Traffic Stops
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Taser
  • Physical Tactics
  • Jail Tour
  • K-9 Demo
  • Public Relations
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Evidence & Crime Scene
  • Investigation
  • SWAT Demo
  • Family Violence
  • Field Day Activities including shooting at the range and role play "shoot or no shoot" scenarios
  • Much More!


The following testimonials are from past Citizen Academy Graduates:

"I heartily recommend these classes to anyone who is interested in our sheriff’s department. It was fun and interesting!"

— Eileen Fry

"Training on traffic stops, tasers, crime scene processing and more equals a unique experience for those attending. Impressed in immeasurable ways."

— Lee Harris

"I loved the citizen academy! Participating in this program is a great way to strengthen community bonds with our local heroes."
— Stacy Valdez

"It showed the professionalism and  dedication of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and presented a small window into what their job entails."
— Bob Burrows


  • Any interested citizen who is at least 18 years of age or older and who lives or works in Hancock County
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions
  • Able to make a commitment to attend the ten-week course

Application Deadline

No applications being accepted at this time.


Deputy Ron Durbin
317-477-1178 ext. 3152

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