Sheriff’s Citizens Academy

Mission: The purpose of the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is to foster better communications between citizens and deputies through education and cooperation. A well-informed citizen is more likely to share their experience with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizens understanding of the role and function of the Sheriff’s office.

Topics: Corrections/Jail Tour, Patrol/Emergency Vehicle Operations/Pursuit Driving, Crime Investigations, Situational Awareness/Defensive Tactics, Narcotics/Undercover Drug Cases/K9 Units, Active Shooter and other topics.

Eligibility: Citizens who live or work in Wilson County are eligible to submit an application for review.All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must pass a background check. There are no physical requirements.

Capacity: A maximum of 25 participants are allowed in each academy.

Cost: Absolutely FREE!!!

Upcoming Academy: September 13. We will begin accepting applications starting August 3 for Class 16.  

Application: Click Here for a fillable PDF application. Please complete all fields, print, sign, and return.

About The Academy: This is a nine-week course meeting every Tuesday from 6 pm until 9 pm. All applicants must pass a background check. There are no minimum physical requirements, every citizen that lives or works in Wilson County is welcome!

Alumni Association: At the completion of this academy, there will be an official graduation ceremony and alumni can become eligible to join an elite group of members that support the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office through public outreach and community service.  Additionally, the Alumni Association develops close contact with Citizen Academy students and graduates/provides continual awareness of community happenings and events for their members.

Any questions regarding the Alumni Association, please contact: 

Academy Director: Cpl. Matt Bush – Email

President: Carol Shehan – Email:

Vice President: Eduardo Miller – Email:

Secretary: Suzi McCoy – Email:

Treasurer: Angela Hamby – Email: