Citizen's Academy

About The Citizen's Academy

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is proudly offering a county-wide Citizens’ Academy. The Citizens’ Academy is a 9-week informational series designed to give citizens an inside, in-depth look at the daily operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The academy class meets once a week for a 3 hour period. Most classes are held at the Orange County Regional Training Academy in Tustin, with a few exceptions of field trip weeks. The first 8 weeks include interactive course instruction and field trips provided by a variety of Sheriff’s Department personnel who are experts in their respective fields. The last week is a graduation celebration.


Some materials covered in the Citizen Academy are: 

  • Basic Patrol Procedures
  • Investigations
  • K-9 Unit Demonstrations
  • Tactical Training Center
  • Forensics
  • Car Stops
  • Night Problems
  • Orange County Jail Tour
  • Coroner’s Office Tour
  • Patrol Ride-Along

More Information

The Citizen Academy is intended for personal growth only, and does not qualify students for a career in law enforcement. A career in law enforcement requires an extensive application process and training program. 

If you are at least 18 years of age and have no felony arrests and an interest in public safety, we would encourage you to take part in this community program. Applications are given priority according to the order in which they are received and first priority is given to residents in OC Sheriff’s Department contract cities. If you would like information about the Citizen Academy, please contact Community Programs and Services at (714) 647-1848.

Next Citizens’ Academy

Our next Citizens’ Academy will be Summer 2015. Enrollment will begin in April- please check back for additional details and the application.