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Civilian Police Academy & Teen Police Academy

Few people would argue against the fact that law enforcement is one of the most fascinating careers one could choose to pursue.  And you will never, ever, get the real, inside scoop of how a law enforcement agency works or why things happen the way they do on an evening newscast or on one of those prime time, "solve the crime in one-hour," television shows.  But you can get a first hand, up close and personal look at how the Orange County Sheriff's Office works, right from the men and women who are on the streets doing the job, at The Orange County Sheriff's Office Civilian Police Academy.  This free 13-week program is open to any citizen on a first come, first served basis.  Your instructors will include homicide detectives, robbery investigators, crime scene investigators, and the undercover deputies working dangerous narcotics investigations.  You'll hear from members of the SWAT team, crime prevention officers, and even receive a tour of the agency's Communications Center.  Seating is extremely limited for this popular program so we encourage you to submit your application early. 

The Teen Academy is modeled after the Civilian Police Academy.  The students will also receive an up close and personal view of our agency and law enforcement. You won't find a better way to learn about your Sheriff's Office and the dangerous and difficult jobs that the men and women who serve within it do than by attending our civilian  or teen academy!   On behalf of Sheriff Demings I would like to extend my personal invitation to you.  I sincerely believe it will be an experience you will never forget.

Major Jeff Stonebreaker
Commander - Support Services Division



Please make sure to include your current employer (or most recent 
employer, if retired) on your Civilian Police Academy application.                                            

Civilian Police Academy

Classes meet for 13 weeks on Tuesday nights at the Orange County Sheriff's Office Central Complex, 2500 West Colonial Drive between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old and are required to undergo a background check as part of the application process.  There is no charge for the academy and it is not for employment or law enforcement certification.  Applicants must apply for future classes online. The spring academy begins February 2016. 
Teen Police Academy (13-17 years of age)

Whether you are considering a career in law enforcement or just want to learn more about the functions & responsibilities of law enforcement officers, you will not want to miss out on a fun filled opportunity.  There is no charge for the academy.

Dates for the 2016 Teen Police Academy

Dates will be forthcoming.

For additional information please contact Ms. Awilda McBryde, Academy Coordinator, at Classes fill up fast so submit your application quickly.            


An example of a 13- Week Civilian Police Academy Class Syllabus (Graduation Ceremony week 13)

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks by Sheriff Demings
  • Introduction to Patrol
  • Intelligence Divsion
  • Fusion Center
  • Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation
  • Narcotics
  • Communications Center Tour 

  WEEK 5 

  • Economic Crimes
  • Home Crime Prevention
  • Supply Unit
  • Evidence Unit 
  • Mounted Patrol
  • K-9 Squad
  • Latents/Fingerprinting
  • CSI - Forensics
 WEEK 10
  • Homicide
  • Domestic Violence
 WEEK 11
  • Courthouse Security
  • Criminal Process/Fugitive
  • Civil Process/Extraditions
 WEEK 12
  • Recruiting
  • Reserve Unit
  • Citizens on Patrol
  • In-house Volunteers
  • Volunteer Parking Enforcement Unit
  • Task Force

 Important information for interested applicants

  • The Civilian Police Academy is for personal enrichment and not for certification or employment purposes.
  • The academy is a 13-week program.  Classes meet one night a week (Tuesdays) between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.
  • REQUIREMENTS:  Must be at least 18 years old, have no arrest record.
  • Remember, these classes are popular and class sizes are limited. Be sure to complete your online application and submit it as soon as possible.