Franklin County Sheriff

Volunteers in Public Safety Support - Youth


The Public Safety Support Citizen Academy offers opportunity in character building, leadership, homeland security, police and fire response, emergent response and preparedness. Youth, ages 16 to 19 will be exposed to a range of public safety career options while gaining practical "hands-on" experience upon graduation from the eight-week training program. Completion of training will prepare participants to provide support to public safety forces during disasters as well as volunteer during special and routine events.


Extensive eight-week training curriculum including units on:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Terrorism prevention and awareness
  • CBRNE indicators
  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Traffic control
  • Interoperable communications
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue operations

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages: 16-19
  • GPA: 2.5 or Higher
  • Consent from parent or legal guardian

A background check for those 18 or older must be completed. For details about the background check contact Sgt. Samuel Byrd at 614-525-6317.


  • Completion of ICS courses 100b and 700a - available on-line at

Training Classes

Every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 6, 2018 through April 17, 2018

6:00pm - 10:00pm


Columbus Division or Police Training Academy

1000 N. Hague Ave. 

Columbus, Ohio 43204


Application Deadline for applications are February 23, 2018 by 5:00 P.M.


If you would like to apply, please download and fill out the application and e-mail it to

VIPSS Program Application


Sergeant Samuel Byrd
Call 614-525-6317