Oconee Citizens Police Academy

Still Taking Applications

Seth Stokes
August 03, 2018 - 10:44 am

(Walhalla, SC)-----Applications are still being accepted for the fifth Oconee County Sheriff’s Office “Citizens Police Academy” that will give Oconee County citizens a chance to experience what a day in the life of a police officer is all about.

The first class for the fifth Academy is now a little more than a month away and the deadline to submit an application is fast approaching.

Citizens of Oconee County can sign up now for the classes at the website of the Sheriff’s Office at www.oconeelaw.com by clicking on the “Citizens Police Academy” link near the upper right portion of the website.  Applications will need to be printed off and mailed to the following:

Oconee County Sheriff’s Office

Attention: Community Services

415 South Pine Street

Walhalla, SC 29691

Those who are selected will have a chance to meet the Command Staff and many of the deputies of the Sheriff’s Office.  Some of the topics covered will be patrol operations, equipment and its uses, criminal investigations, E-911 communications, SWAT team operations, plus a judicial overview by one of the local judges, information on detention and narcotics.  On a Saturday during the classes, instructees will observe a SWAT team demonstration. At the conclusion of the classes, those who participate will be given a shirt, a certificate and a class photo.

There is a selection process for those who sign up, which includes a background check, according to Sgt. McGowan, Sheriff’s Office Coordinator of the “Citizens Police Academy.”  Sgt. McGowan is hoping to reach demographics from every walk of life in Oconee County, with the class size limited to 35 due to logistic limitations. The classes will meet for 10 consecutive weeks on Tuesday evenings with the one Saturday meeting for the SWAT demonstration.

Participation in all the classes is important, according to Sgt. McGowan, due to the fact of the volume of information that is going to be presented.  Missing two of more classes may result in a disqualification from the program.

The dates for the fifth “Citizens Police Academy” will be each Tuesday from Tuesday, September 4th until Tuesday, November 6th from 6pm until 9pm each night.  The SWAT demonstration will take place at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Advance Firearms and Tactical Training Center on Saturday, September 22nd from 9am until 12 noon.

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 17th at 5pm and all those who are selected will be notified by confirmation e-mail on Monday, August 20th.  There is no cost for those who are selected for the “Citizens Police Academy.”

Those who participate and graduate from this year’s class will join the graduates of the first four “Citizens Police Academy” classes in the “Citizens Police Academy Alumni.”  These alumni will have an opportunity to support the Sheriff’s Office by encouraging participation in future academies and to promote the Sheriff’s Office through their contact with others outside the Sheriff’s Office.


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