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Citizen Academy

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Citizen's Sheriff Academy
The Morgan County Citizens Sheriff's Academy provides you with an opportunity to experience the real world of law enforcement and what it is like to be a Sheriffs Deputy. It is designed to help the public better understand the mission, operations, and functions of the Sheriff's Office, heighten community awareness and improve communications between the Morgan County Sheriff's Office and the communities it serves.

Through presentations and demonstrations from the deputies themselves, you will learn some of the techniques and resources they use to train for duty, from traffic stops, to drug enforcement, to tactical team response. In addition to classroom instruction, you will experience live scenarios that place you right in the action. 

Course Components
You will get the opportunity to see up close, some of the weapons used by the Morgan County Sheriff's Office and what it takes to use them effectively. An opportunity to "ride along" on patrol with a Deputy will also be included in the Academy. Plus, you will see videos of real-life situations encountered by law enforcement officers, that cause you to rethink what it means for a deputy to respond to any situation, and help you gain a realistic understanding of the knowledge and skills it takes to do the job of a Sheriff's Deputy.

Course Topics
Course topics Include:

  • Patrol Division Overview
  • Alabama Firearms Laws and Safety Training
  • Morgan County Jail / Corrections
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug Enforcement Unit
  • Civil Division and Courts
  • Sheriff's Office Organization and Staffing
  • Specialized Units
  • Tactical Response Unit

Course Standards
This course includes 18 plus hours of instruction. The class meets one night per week, for 12 consecutive weeks 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday of each week, and one Saturday session from 8 a.m. to Noon, where students will receive basic firearms safety training and will have the opportunity to use the Sheriff's Office firearms range.

Regular and on-time attendance is expected, however, emergencies may occur. Students with more than 2 absences will not be allowed to continue in the class.

Dress code is business casual for every class. (No shorts or t-shirts.)

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and live and/or work in Morgan County.

Due to the nature of the academy and activities presented, all applicants are subject to criminal history background checks, as well as driver history checks conducted by the Sheriff's Office as a condition for acceptance into the program.

The Academy takes place in the Spring and Fall. As the next academy approaches, we will announce the registration process.

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