Madison County Sheriff’s Office accepting applications for Sheriff’s Citizens Academy

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you want to learn more about what it takes to work alongside the Madison County Sheriff’s Office? They have just the program for you.

The Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is a program that explains the purpose of several specialized divisions within the sheriff’s office, including:

  • Sheriff’s Crime Scene Division

  • Traffic Safety Unit

  • K9

  • Jail Facility

  • Patrol Division

  • School Resource Officers (SRO)

  • Criminal Investigations Division

  • Street Crimes Unit (SCU)

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)

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Those participating will get in-depth information from law enforcement officers, criminal investigators, recruiting/training staff, the District Attorney’s office and the forensics team. This allows them to “gain knowledge and expertise in these diverse areas of law enforcement.”

The sheriff’s office says that this program is a great opportunity for people interested in a law enforcement career or just want to learn more about how your local justice system works.

Citizen’s Academy is open to all members of the community and the surrounding areas on a first-come, first-serve basis — provided that they are eligible and able to commit to the program’s requirements.

Madison County residents will be given first-priority registration. Attendance is free, but class sizes are limited.

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Applicants will have to go through a criminal background check. Those with a felony arrest record are not able to participate.

This year’s classes will be held at 5827 Oakwood Road every Tuesday from April 2 to May 7. They will start at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, you can apply online or print out the form and turn it in at the Investigative Division at MCSO, located at 715 Wheeler Avenue. If you have any questions, contact MCSO PIO Brent Patterson at

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