Citizens Academy

Dates for the 2015 Citizens Academy Spring Session have been set.  Classes will begin Thursday, February 12, 2015. The Citizens Academy will meet from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday nights for 12 classes and one Saturday field day.  Classes will not be held March 19th or April 9th because of the various school districts' spring break schedules.  

The Citizens Academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the operations of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.  Sessions covering patrol operations, investigations, crime lab, emergency management and emergency services, SWAT and other special units, and volunteer operations are scheduled.  These sessions are presented by the deputies and commanders responsible for each area. 

In addition, the academy includes a tour of the jail, a look at the emergency communications center, a K-9 demonstration and the opportunity to ride along with a deputy.  One of the highlights is a field day where citizens will participate in live scenarios responding to calls including live shooting with simulated ammunition, making a simulated traffic stop, and processing a mock crime scene. 

The academy fills up fast and the class size is limited to 35 students. The fee for the academy is $25 dollars which covers the cost of the student tee-shirt and lunch served on the Saturday field training day. 

Applicants must be a resident or business owner in Larimer County, at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, and no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years.  The Sheriff or his designee may reject any applicant due to criminal history, law enforcement or jail contacts, and/or indications an applicant may be disruptive to the class.  Applications will only be accepted when the application tab is active on this website. A copy of your driver's license and $25 dollars (check or cash only) must be submitted, via mail or in person, at the same time you apply.  Make checks out to Larimer County Sheriff's Office. 

A 2015 Fall Session (Tuesday nights) is planned and details will be released summer of 2015.

Questions may be directed to Barbara Bennett at or 970-682-0597 or David Moore, Public Information Officer, at


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