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The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (C.C.S.O.) Citizens’ Academy is a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of your Sheriff’s Office.  This 12-week educational series of classes is taught by experienced sheriff’s officials who share their unique perspective on law enforcement.  Best of all – it’s free!

The Citizens’ Academy is hosted by Lt. Mike Kanter, who offers a wealth of knowledge with his 20+ years in law enforcement.  The Academy, which is offered three times a year with both a daytime and evening class option, even includes three field trips!  Students will learn about the many different facets of the C.C.S.O., like:

  • Patrol – what a deputy does, how the C.C.S.O.
    patrol section is organized; what weapons and tools
    a deputy carries, including a discussion about tasers;
    and more
  • Criminal Investigations – what types of detectives and
    units (cyber crime, sexual predator, etc.) we have at
    the Sheriff’s Office, what they do and more
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC)/911 – includes a field trip to the EOC for an inside look at the role of Communications Officers and Dispatchers
  • Traffic – who works traffic, what traffic deputies do on a daily basis
  • Sheriff’s Specialty Units – like Aviation, Marine, K-9, the Dive team, the Bomb unit, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT), and more.  Includes a field trip to Aviation so participants can see these teams in action
  • Identification and Evidence – get an inside look at fingerprinting and crime scene investigations
  • Vice & Narcotics – what this unit does and what types of issues they encounter
  • Crime Prevention – what it is, what we do to help citizens prevent crime
  • Community Resource Officers (CRO) – what the program is all about and what CROs do
  • School Resource Officer (SRO) program – learn about what our SROs do in the schools and how they interact with kids
  • Training – includes a field trip to the Withlacoochee Technical Institute (WTI) to see our field training officers in action.  Experience what it’s like to face a criminal with a gun!
  • Plus, an inside look at legal issues, finance, human resources, data processing, the victim advocate program and MORE!










Of course, the Sheriff is on-hand during several classes to meet participants, answer questions and ultimately, congratulate the newest graduates!  Plus, upon completion of the class, graduates are offered the opportunity to do a ride-along (with a deputy), take a ride in the Sheriff’s helicopter or cruise along with a marine deputy.

Class size is limited, and there is usually a waiting list, so download the attached form today to get registered.  Or, call 352-341-3457 to get in on the action.



Experience the excitement of law enforcement.

Enroll in the Citizens’ Academy today!