Citizens Academy

The Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy is an opportunity for citizens to gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.  Our goal is to provide familiarization of procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, demands, policies and laws that guide the decisions and behavior of our deputies. 

Course curriculum

Week 1:     Introduction and Overview of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Week 2:     Patrol K9's and SWAT
Week 3:     Deadly Force Policy and Intermediate Weapons
Week 4:     Therapy K9's and the CID (Community Intervention and Diversion Unit)
Week 5:     Crime Scene Analysis
Week 6:     Simulator, Scenarios, Stops and Approaches
Week 7:     Simulator, Scenarios, Stops and Approaches
Week 8:     Drug Awareness
Week 9:     Debrief and Evaluations / Personal Safety
Week 10:   Graduation

Two sessions are conducted each calendar year, one in the spring and one in the fall.  Attendance is mandatory for graduation.  You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply.  Seats are limited.  All applicants are required to submit to a background check.

The Spring 2019 class is at full capacity.  The Fall 2019 class will begin on Thursday evenings, August - October.


As a continued effort in building more cohesive relationships between law enforcement officers and the community, our graduates have the opportunity to attend community events and DUI Taskforce Checkpoints alongside our deputies.

Automatic disqualifiers:

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office will not consider the application of any individual who;

  • Has known criminal history to include, but not limited to: outstanding warrants, felony conviction, history of theft, public intoxication or repeated offenses, convicted of violent misdemeanor offenses (i.e. domestic violence, assault, menacing), subject of a protective order, conviction of no operator's license or driving under suspension within the last two years
  • Has been convicted of any offense that would be a felony if committed in Ohio
  • Has used illegal drugs within the last 12 months
  • Has illegally sold marijuana or other substances within the last two years
  • Has falsified his or her application in its entirety
  • Any conduct or pattern of behavior that would tend to disrupt, diminish or otherwise jeopardize public trust in the law enforcement profession



To apply, complete the form below
Citizens Academy Form

For More Information

Sgt. Joe Vince



Citizens Academy