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Citizens’s Academy

Citizens’s Academy

The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy offers a different and exciting program unique to our area. Typically, the students attracted to the academy are a culturally diverse group of people including bankers, businessmen and women, housewives, school teachers, retirees, former military, college students, farmers, and citizens from all walks of life.

Participants meet on Tuesday evening once a week for nine weeks. They learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job including patrol, administration, dispatch, communications, criminal law, SWAT, crime scene investigations, jail operations,  and many other areas.

The Citizen’s Academy doesn’t limit participants to just classroom training. Students are also given the opportunity to:

  • Ride with a deputy during a tour of duty.
  • Tour the Cullman County Detention Center .
  • Attend a SWAT demonstration.
  • Shoot some of the weapons used by Deputies.

Although graduates of the Citizen’s Academy are not qualified for daily street duty, they do acquire a better understanding of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office operations and responsibilities.

We hope Citizen’s Academy graduates gain greater awareness and appreciation of the difficult challenges and decisions deputies faces every day.

Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime.

Applicants are selected to attend the "CITIZEN’S ACADEMY" after first submitting a completed application and pending the outcome of a background inquiry.

Class size is set at fifty (50) participants.

Cullman Sheriff Academy

For more information contact Captain Mark Persall at 256-734-0342 or via email


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