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Sheriff's Citizens Academy

An In-Depth Program Providing Education and Crime Prevention Skills Through Personal Involvement

Available to Persons 21 Years of Age or Older

The next SCA will begin January 23, 2018.

**The 2017 SCA seats have been filled. Any applications submitted will be placed on a waiting list**


                                        Congratulations to our SCA Class of 2017!

Academy Overview

The objective of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy is to educate the public on the duties, requirements, and responsibilities of the Office of Sheriff in Henderson County. The curriculum will also focus on Sheriff's Office programs, crime prevention and partnerships with other public safety organizations. The class is for every citizen in the county that seeks to enhance his or her knowledge of our county’s law enforcement and thus become a more informed and supportive citizen.

Program Format

There are thirteen classes scheduled, all of which take place on Tuesday evening and start promptly at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. All classes are held in the Sheriff's Office training room. Class size is limited to 40 students and classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Interactive sessions
• Simulations
• Demonstrations
• Hands-on experience
• Presentations
• Involvement and FUN!


Class topics include, but are not limited to: officer training & education requirements, criminal investigations, STAR program & school resource deputies, force on force decision making, crime prevention techniques, frauds & scams, personal safety, 911 communications process, emergency preparedness, K-9 teams, animal enforcement, bomb squad & SWAT teams, detention, civil process, courthouse security, gang information, drug prevention programs and the 'Volunteers in Partnership' program.

The class will tour law enforcement related facilities, enjoy hands-on demonstrations, and get a close-up look at the vehicles and gear used in the daily operations. Participants will also meet many professional deputies, office personnel and the Sheriff’s Office leadership team. There will be opportunities for students to ask questions and talk with the aforementioned personnel. It will be an educational and fun experience.

How do I sign up?

• Call the Henderson County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Office at 828.694.2742 or come by and pick up an application in the lobby. You can also download an application and return the completed form to the Sheriff's Office.

Program fee of $30 covers all class materials, student handbook, and graduation festivities.

• Participants must be 21 years of age or older

Applicants will be screened through the NCIC system and those with a significant history of problems will not be accepted.

•Check the Announcements page/HCSO Facebook page/local newspapers for upcoming Citizens Academy courses.


"Every Tuesday evening for thirteen weeks, I became more and more impressed with the dedication, professionalism, passion, and attitude of service displayed by each of the presenters.  It’s obvious that it starts at the front end with careful recruitment and selection, because all the sworn officers and support staff stand out in their specialties.  The agency’s commitment to ongoing training and retraining is also evident.  Each of the presenters is clearly at the top of their game and ready at a moment’s notice to execute the finest law enforcement services possible."

--Hale Meserow, 2016 Class of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy

Contact Information

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Sheriff’s Citizens Academy
100 North Grove Street
Hendersonville NC 28792-5027

Sheriff's Citizens Academy Director: Barry Brown

Tel:  828.694.2742

FAX: 828.697.4613



Henderson County Sheriff's Office
100 North Grove Street | Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792

Communications: 828-697-4911

Administration: 828-697-4596