Citizens Academy

Citizens' Academy

 

Many people have an interest in law enforcement. While some have always had this interest, others have developed it from television shows such as COPS, CSI, Forensic Files, and others. Law enforcement is a unique field, and that field is often misunderstood by both its supporters and its critics. The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing citizens with accurate information about agency operations and law enforcement in general. Our Citizens’ Academy is one of the means by which we provide that information.

Since the academy’s inception in 2010, over 120 members of the community have successfully completed the program. The Citizens’ Academy has proven to be a highly successful endeavor to educate residents of Faulkner County on the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as issues relating to law enforcement and the judicial system in general. The Citizens’ Academy has brought the communities of Faulkner County closer to their Sheriff’s Office with each graduating class.

While the program is primarily intended for members of the community simply seeking to become more informed on law enforcement issues, those contemplating a career in the field are also welcome to apply. The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to that of a basic law enforcement academy. However, the overall focus of the program is to provide a better understanding of the policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as the approach taken to provide law enforcement services to Faulkner County communities.

The Curriculum
The program consists of nine (9), three-hour classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and offers both classroom and “hands-on” instruction by sheriff’s deputies, detention staff, supervisors, civilian employees and command staff who’s assignments or expertise are specific to their respective subject of training. Subject matter for the academy includes:

 

  1. Ranks, Shifts, Chain of Command
  2. Jurisdiction of Agencies
  3. Detention Center Information
  4. Tours of Unit 1 & 2
  5. Dispatch / 911 Communications
  6. Vehicle Occupant Safety
  7. Traffic Law
  8. Traffic Stops
  9. Accident Investigation
  10. Uniform Citations
  11. Role of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  12. Adult Probation/Parole Services
  13. Search & Seizure
  14. Drugs
  15. Juvenile Law
  16. Use of Force
  17. Defensive Tactics
  18. Tasers / Pepper Spray
  19. Search of Persons
  20. DWI
  21. Undercover Stings
  22. Coroner Death Scene Investigations
  23. Homicides / Crime Scene Investigations
  24. Description of Persons
  25. Registered Sex Offenders
  26. Special Response Team (S.R.T.) Presentation
  27. Sheriff's Reserve Unit
  28. Internet Safety/Child Pornography
  29. Handcuffing techniques
  30. Courtroom Security
  31. Firearms

 

 To Apply
There is no cost to those attending the citizens’ academy. However, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Resident of Faulkner County
  • At least 18 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions within 5 years
  • Never been incarcerated in Faulkner County Detention Centers
  • We reserve the right to refuse anyone's admittance to this class
  • Although we understand that things come up, please be committed to attending at least 7 of the 9 classes

 The Next Faulkner County Citizens Academy is to be announced.

  All classes will be held on Tuesday nights once a week from 6pm-9pm at the Office of Emergency Management Building located at #57 Acklin Gap Road Conway, AR 72032. If you would like more information or an application, please contact adam.bledsoe@fcso.ar.gov