Citizen's Police Academy

32nd Session September 3rd (Beaufort) / September 5th (Hilton Head)

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.

During each CPA classroom session, a wide variety of topics is 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. For more information on the CPA application process, contact Staff Sergeant Mike Jennings at (843)255-3287 or mjennings@bcgov.net.

Schedule - 1st Quarter 2014

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