The Citizens’ Academy offers participants a broad overview and unique insight into the various functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with deputies to observe first-hand the variety of calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office. A tour of the Criminal Justice Center will be conducted to demonstrate the challenges facing our detention staff. Topics of discussion will include the intricacies of a criminal investigation as detectives take them through the investigative process. Additionally, participants will learn about use of force, vice and narcotics operations, and emergency services, which includes our Wildland Fire and Search & Rescue teams. The tours are an opportunity for citizens to learn about the challenges faced by law enforcement.
Those interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy can contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Skyla VanderHeiden, at 719-520-7216, to request an application. There is no charge to attend the Citizens’ Academy; however, seating will is limited.
The Spanish Citizens' Academy
In 2017, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office along with the Colorado Springs Police Department began offering community members a broad overview and unique insight into the various functions of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department in Spanish.
The Spanish Citizens' Academy is scheduled in the spring of every year. For more information on this and other opportunities to connect, call the EPSO Community Relations unit at (719) 520-7162 or email: [email protected].