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Citizens’ Academy

The 2024 BCSO Citizens’ Academy program is now accepting applications. Applications will close August 28, 2024.

The BCSO Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for you to learn about and gain a better appreciation for the challenges and accomplishments of your Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The goal of the BCSO Citizens’ Academy is to create a safer community through a better understanding and partnership between Benton County residents and the Sheriff’s Office. Citizens’ Academy is not designed to train citizens as law enforcement personnel or to exercise law enforcement authority of any kind.

2024 Class Dates

Eight Tuesday evenings starting September 3rd through October 22nd from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. There are two Saturdays, September 28th and October 12th from 8:30am – 2:30pm.

How to Apply

The Application Form is linked below. Deadline for applications is August 28, 2024. Acceptance emails will be sent out starting August 1st.

It’s recommended you sign up early! Minors will need the additional Minor Participation Authorization form also listed in the “Supporting Documents” below. Either email your signed application to the email address noted on the application or print, sign, and either mail it or drop it off:

Benton County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Citizens’ Academy
180 NW 5th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330

Application Forms

FAQs

The BCSO Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for you to learn about and gain a better appreciation for the challenges and accomplishments of your Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The goal of the BCSO Citizens’ Academy is to create a safer community through a better understanding and partnership between Benton County residents and the Sheriff’s Office. Citizens’ Academy is not designed to train citizens as law enforcement personnel or to exercise law enforcement authority of any kind.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics from investigations to marine patrol, from parole and probation to jail operations.

You’ll take a tour of the Sheriff’s Office and of the Benton County Jail, take a jet boat ride, see a patrol K9 demonstration in addition to several other demonstrations and tours.

Classes will be a mix of instruction, discussion and participation.

The 2023 sessions for the Citizens’ Academy is set for Tuesday evenings, September 5th – October 24th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. In addition, there are two Saturdays, September 23rd and October 7th, from 8:30a – 2:15p.  

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy is offered in the fall, usually in September and October. There are eight Tuesday evening sessions from 6:30p – 9:30p and two Saturday sessions from 8:30a – 2:15p. Specific dates will be found in the current application and are usually announced in the Spring.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy is offered in the fall, usually in September and October. There are eight Tuesday evening sessions from 6:30p – 9:30p and two Saturday sessions from 8:30a – 2:15p. Specific dates will be found in the current application and are usually announced in the Spring.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) invites applications from community members of all ethnic, cultural and civic groups. Both men and women are encouraged to apply and there are no age restrictions for adults.

Applicants between the ages of 14 and 17 must have a signed consent from a parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Academy is geared toward adults and we do not accept those under age 14.

As part of the application process, you must agree to authorize the BCSO to conduct a criminal history check. Felony convictions or other circumstances that would make participation inappropriate may be cause for denial of admission.

Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office who teach in their area of expertise. Other instructors are connected with the Sheriff’s Office either as employees or volunteers, or as members of other agencies in law enforcement or criminal justice.

The first class, and the majority of classes, will meet at the Law Enforcement Building (LEB) Police Conference Room (PCR – first floor), 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis.

But we’ll also be at the boat docks and at other locations in the County.

There are no formal graduation requirements unless you are attending Citizens’ Academy for college credit.  Often LBCC offers college credit. To successfully complete the program for college credit you must attend both Saturday sessions and at least 6 out of the 8 Tuesday evening sessions.

At this time no colleges or universities are offering credits.

Although many Citizens’ Academy participants choose to volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office after their Academy experience, there is no requirement to do so. We hope that you will share your experiences and what you learn with your neighbors and friends.

It’s free! Because the Benton County Sheriff’s Office strives to include the broadest range of diversity within our community as participants, there is no charge for attending.

In July or August, we will open the class for applications.

At that time, simply complete the Citizens’ Academy Application and submit it to the Sheriff’s Office.

Either email your signed application to the email address listed on the application form

OR

Print, sign, and either mail it or drop it off:
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Citizens’ Academy
180 NW 5th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330

For more information about the BCSO Citizens’ Academy, contact:

Benton County Sheriff’s Office
ATTN: Citizens’ Academy
180 NW 5th Street
Corvallis, OR 97330
541-766-6858

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