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Civilian 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.  

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 academy!  


 


REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN MAY 1, 2018 FOR THE FALL CIVILIAN POLICE ACADEMY. THIS ACADEMY WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 21, 2018 AND END ON NOVEMBER 13, 2018.

Please make sure to include your current employer (or most recent employer, if retired)

on your Civilian Police Academy application.

     CLICK HERE TO APPLY
 

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.   
          

 

For additional information please contact Ms. Awilda McBryde, Academy Coordinator, at awilda.mcbryde2@ocfl.net. Classes fill up fast so submit your application quickly.            

An example of a 13- Week Civilian Police Academy Class Syllabus

WEEK 1

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Sheriff Demings

Introduction to Patrol

WEEK 2

Intelligence Divsion

Fusion Center

WEEK 3

Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation

Narcotics

WEEK 4

Communications Center Tour 

WEEK 5

Economic Crimes

Home Crime Prevention

WEEK 6

Supply Unit

Evidence Unit 

WEEK 7

Mounted Patrol

K-9 Squad

WEEK 8

SWAT

WEEK 9

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.