Citizens Academy on hold due to COVID-19

The Spring 2020 class was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will continue to monitor conditions and health directives and will update this page when we can start accepting new applications for the next class.

WOW...the 2020 Spring Citizens Academy filled up in less than 20 hours!  Check back mid-summer for news about the fall session.

LCSO hosts two Citizens Academies each year - Spring and Fall.  The 2020 Spring Academy will start February 20 and run through May 21.  Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Class will not be held the week of Spring Break.

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 K9 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, experiencing the use of force training simulator, 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 $30 dollars which covers the cost of the student tee-shirt, materials, 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. 
  • A copy of your driver's license and $30 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.
  • After completing the online application and providing a copy of your driver’s license and $30 payment, a criminal records check will be completed by LCSO staff. You will then be contacted and informed of your enrollment status in the academy. 
  • If you are not accepted, your $30 payment will be refunded.

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Barbara Bennett 
(970) 682-0597

David Moore, Public Information Officer