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.

Due to COVID-19 Health Restrictions, the Citizen's Police Academy Program will be temporarily postponed until further notice. 

Next Session Begins:



(North of the Broad River)



Beaufort Law Enforcement Center

2001 Duke St

Beaufort, SC 


6:00 PM -- 9: 00 PM

Hilton Head/Bluffton

(South of the Broad River)



Technical College of the Lowcountry-New River Campus

100 Community College Drive, Room 125,

Okatie 29909

There is NO COST for taking this program. 



During the 8 week 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 and submit it online or email your application to For questions or comments please contact Sgt. Daniel Allen at 843-255-3293 or MSgt. Mike Jennings at (843) 255-3287.