VCSO Announces Citizens Academy for Area Residents


December 29, 2021

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The Valley County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Citizen Law Enforcement Academy beginning in February 2022. This course is an opportunity to take a behind the scenes look at the various functions of the judicial system and offer insights on how law enforcement officers perform their duties and serve the community. The eight-week course will consist of classes, lecture, and hands-on experience offering participants valuable insight into the operations of the Sheriff's Office. Ride-A-Longs will occur at the end of the academy and lastly a graduation ceremony and certificate of completion will conclude the course.

Our goal is to educate the public with the intent of creating a more informed citizen, debunking myths about law enforcement and to open the lines of communication between civilians and officers.

Additionally, graduates of the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy will have the opportunity to apply to be a Reserve Deputy with the Valley County Sheriff's Office. One of my goals as Sheriff has been to revive the Reserve Deputy program. It has been a number of years since the Valley County Sheriff's Office has had any Reserve Deputies. I am excited about renewing this program and having more involvement from the community.

The CLEA course is free of charge and open to anyone without a criminal history who is 18 years of age or older. An application will be available at the Valley County Sheriff's Office. Classes will be held at the Valley County Courthouse beginning in February. Classes will be 2-3 hours long and are scheduled to begin at 6:05pm on a weeknight (tbd). One class will be planned for a weekend day.

If you have any questions or want more information please contact Sheriff Boyer at 406.263.8920 or by email at [email protected] .


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