The Fall 2022 academy is full.  Check back in December for spring registration.

LCSO hosts two Citizens Academies each year - Spring and Fall.  The 2022 Fall Academy will start September 8 and run through December 1.  Classes will be held on Thursday nights from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Class will not be held the week of Thanksgiving.

The academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the operations of LCSO.  Topics and demonstrations scheduled are patrol operations, K9, bomb squad/terrorism, major case investigations, crime scene investigation, wildland firefighting/search and rescue/dive rescue, SWAT and hostage negotiations, arrest control tactics, drug task force, dispatch, jail, and an introduction to Sheriff Smith and his command staff.  The topics are presented by deputies and commanders responsible for each area.

One of the highlights of the academy is field day, during which you will participate in live scenarios.  The scenarios include responding to calls involving live shooting with simulated ammunition, making traffic stops, building searches, and processing a mock crime scene.

The academy fills up fast and the class size is limited. The fee for the academy is $30 dollars which covers the cost of the student tee-shirt, materials, and lunch served on the Saturday field day. 

  • Applicants must be a resident or business owner in Larimer County, at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, and no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years.
  • The Sheriff or his designee may reject any applicant due to criminal history, law enforcement or jail contacts, and/or indications an applicant may be disruptive to the class. 
  • A copy of your driver's license and $30 dollars (check or cash only) must be submitted, via mail or in person, at the same time you apply. Make checks out to Larimer County Sheriff's Office.
  • After completing the online application and providing a copy of your driver’s license and $30 payment, a criminal records check will be completed by LCSO staff. You will then be contacted and informed of your enrollment status in the academy. 
  • If you are not accepted, your $30 payment will be refunded.

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Barbara Bennett 
(970) 682-0597

David Moore, Public Information Officer