Citizens' Academy

About The Citizens' Academy

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is proudly offering a county-wide Citizens’ Academy. The Citizens’ Academy is a 9-week informational series designed to give citizens an inside, in-depth look at the daily operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The academy class meets once a week for a 3-hour period. Most classes are held at the Orange County Regional Training Academy in Tustin, with the exception of a few field trip weeks. The first 8 weeks include interactive course instruction and field trips provided by a variety of Sheriff’s Department personnel who are experts in their respective fields. The last week is a graduation celebration.


Some materials covered in the Citizens' Academy are:

  • Recruitment / Academy Training
  • Dispatch / Patrol Operations 
  • Investigations
  • Simulators: Driving and Force Options
  • Bomb Squad
  • Forensics
  • Car Stops
  • Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center
  • Orange County Jail Tour
  • Coroner’s Office Tour

More Information

The Citizens' Academy is intended for personal growth only, and does not qualify students for a career in law enforcement. A career in law enforcement requires an extensive application process and training program.

If you are at least 18 years of age, have no felony arrests and are interested in public safety, we would encourage you to take part in this community program. Applications are given priority according to the order in which they are received and first priority is given to residents in Orange County Sheriff’s Department contract cities. If you would like information about the Citizens’ Academy, please contact Public Affairs at (714) 647-1840 or email

2020 Citizens’ Academy

The 2020 Citizens’ Academy will take place on Thursday evenings, July 9 – September 3 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The application period for the 2020 Citizens’ Academy is April 1 – April 30. The application form will be available for download on this website on April 1, 2020.
Once the application is completed, return the signed copy to:

Public Affairs and Community Engagement
Orange County Sheriff’s Department
550 North Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
ATTN: Gail Krause

Teen Academy

Offered in the summer, the Teen Academy is a six-day intensive workshop designed to be a fun, hands-on experience to increase young adults’ understanding of the operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Instructors will encourage students to ask questions and actively participate in practical demonstrations. Teens will learn various topics the training academy, traffic laws, patrol, crime scene investigations, and see K-9, helicopter and harbor patrol demonstration, and more. This is a great way for local high school students to earn community service hours toward their graduation requirement.

The 2019 Teen Academy is open to youth ages 16 to 18. There are two academies to choose from: July 8-12 or July 15-19. To participate, fill out the following forms and email to

2017 Teen Academy: