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Aside arrow VCSO Offers 2019 Citizens Academy Deadline is Feb. 23 to Apply
January 28, 2019 9:35 am

Contact: Laura Williams,
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


*Deadline Looms: Apply Before Feb. 23

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a sheriff’s deputy?  Or chase criminals while driving a patrol car with lights flashing and sirens blaring?

Well, now’s your chance!  The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) is offering an eight-week Citizens Academy designed to teach participants about the training and tools our deputies use to keep our community safe. The course features classroom training by deputies as well as practical exercises and demonstrations in the field.

If you’re interested, don’t wait! Applications are accepted first-come, first-serve. They must be returned to the Sheriff’s Office no later than Feb. 23. (*Applications received after Feb. 23 will be considered for a future Citizens Academy). We have room for about 50 participants so don’t delay!

The 2019 Citizens Academy begins Tuesday, March 26, from 6-9 p.m., and ends Saturday, May 18, with a graduation and reception for participants.

Participants will learn about our marine, motors, K-9, dive team and Air One units. They’ll also learn about our patrol operations, major cases unit, use of force training: firearms safety, shoot/no shoot, defensive tactics & scenario, active shooter training, and much more.

Students will get to ride along as deputies navigate a road course – at high speeds in all kinds of weather – and then try it themselves.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check to attend our Citizens Academy.

Please complete and sign application with your shirt size written in the top right corner and return it to the Stephen Saboda Training Center (3901 Tiger Bay Road Daytona Beach) in person, by fax (386-239-6527), or scanned and attached in email form.

For applications, emails can be sent to blewis@vcso.us or mseltzer@vcso.us   If you return the application electronically, please keep the original signed copy to turn in the first night of class. 

We hope to see you there!

*Watch a video from our 2017 VCSO Citizens Academy:   https://www.facebook.com/VolusiaSheriff/videos/1570090893030107/

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151

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