Citizen's Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a community-oriented program designed to provide interested citizens with quality interactive training regarding law enforcement activity in Beaufort County. CPA training is offered approximately twice a year.


Next Session Begins: 
Beaufort (North of the Broad River) = March 14, 2017
Hilton Head/Bluffton Class (South of the Broad River) = March 16, 2017

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During each CPA classroom session, a wide variety of topics are discussed: incident response, citizen-police communication, crime penalties, crime prevention and many other subjects relating to law enforcement. Division representatives from the Sheriff's Office are available to discuss departmental activities and programs such as crisis negotiations, traffic management, juvenile services and many others. Students are taken on a tour of the Beaufort County Law Enforcement Center, the Beaufort County Detention Center, and the Beaufort County Courthouse. They are allowed to observe a special training demonstration presented by the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and the K-9 Unit. And finally, CPA graduates are given opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.

Any Beaufort County citizen wishing to attend the Citizens Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age, must pass the Sheriff's Office criminal history check and must receive favorable recommendations from all personal and professional references. If you are interested in signing up for this program, please complete the CPA Application. For more information on the CPA application process, contact Master Sergeant Mike Jennings at (843)255-3287 or mjennings@bcgov.net