D.C.S.O. Citizen Academy is offered twice a year (Spring & Fall) on Monday evenings for 12 weeks. The class is limited to 24 Denton County residents, students, or business owners who are interested in learning about the Denton County Sheriff's Office.
What is the DCSO Citizen Academy?
The Citizen Academy is a 12-week program designed to open the lines of communication between the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the community. It is the sincere desire of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office to develop a style of policing that reflects a collaborative effort between the community and police. This process requires an informed citizenry and it is the goal of the CA to increase "Understanding through Education."
What Topics Are Covered?
The curriculum is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the operational dynamics of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the critical role citizens play in our community crime control efforts. Each class is given by Sheriff Deputies who actually work every day in the job area they are presenting. For example, Traffic Officers will discuss their role in enforcing the Traffic Laws and reducing the number of accidents in the county. Investigators will discuss the types of offenses that occur in Denton County and their role in investigating those crimes. We believe that policing by partnership, the union of efforts, is essential for effective law enforcement.
Who Should Attend the DCSO Citizen Academy?
Any citizen who lives or works in Denton County is eligible to attend the Citizen Academy. Students in Denton County are also eligible. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Each class is limited to 24 people and participants are chosen to ensure a broad community representation so everyone might develop an informed understanding of the effects that social, cultural, educational and economic institutions have on our neighborhoods.