The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office conducts a Citizens’ Police Academy each fall. This is a unique opportunity for citizens to gain first-hand insight and knowledge of how deputies perform their duties and how the Sheriff’s Office serves the community. Candidates selected are provided training in specific police skills that will take place in the classroom, courtroom, and on patrol. This training will cover various criminal justice topics and provides candidates with a “hands-on” experience.
The Academy classes take place over a 9 week period, and are held one night a week for approximately 2½ hours. The only exception is for firearms training and familiarization, which is held on a separate day at the range. Additionally, candidates are offered a chance to “ride along” with a deputy on patrol. The primary instructors for the Academy will be members of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, and Corrections Division, along with guest instructors including Judges and Assistant Prosecutors.
This opportunity is offered free of charge, and is for community members wishing to learn more about the Criminal Justice System in Allegan County. The Academy is not designed for those looking to pursue a career in law enforcement. Those pursuing a career in law enforcement may contact the Sheriff’s Office for answers to their specific questions or to inquire about employment opportunities.
The Academy is comprised of candidates representing a cross section of the community; however, those who are actively involved in their communities are especially encouraged to apply. The Sheriff - Community Relations Advisory Board reviews the applications of candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and selects candidates for acceptance.
Qualifications to attend:
- Minimum age 18
- No prior felony convictions
- No misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years
- Must reside or work within Allegan County
Topics included in the curriculum consist of:
- Sheriff’s Office Orientation
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Defensive Tactics and Use of Force
- Patrol Operations
- Jail Design and Inmate Supervision
- Drug Investigations
- Criminal Investigations
- Emergency Management and Incident Command
Class size is limited. Anyone with questions should contact Capt. Frank Baker at the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office. Applications are available by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at 269.673.0500 to request a copy be sent by mail or e-mail, may be picked up at the Sheriff’s Office, or are available online through the Sheriff’s Office website. Completed applications can be mailed to the Sheriff’s Office, faxed, dropped off, or emailed to email@example.com.
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