Citizens' Academy

Citizens Sheriff’s Academy suspended until further notice due to pandemic restrictions.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office proudly offers a county-wide Citizens’ Academy. This 11–week informational series is designed to give residents an in-depth look at the daily operations of our agency. Our Sheriff’s Deputies have compiled a fun and educational set of hands-on demonstrations, live classroom instruction, and one-on-one learning experiences designed for students to develop a better understanding of the Sheriff’s Office operation. Community members, community leaders, neighborhood watch leaders, elected officials, or students pursuing a degree in criminal justice will find this course to be an excellent resource.

Acceptance of registration upon successful completion of background check.

Classes held Thursday Evenings 6 – 9 pm
April 16 – June 18, 2020

Contact: Captain Gary Murphy, Recruitment/Training Unit: gdmurphy@chathamcounty.org or 912-652-7795

Academy Topics

  • Detention Center Overview/Tour
  • Courthouse Overview/Tour
  • Inmate Programs
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Project Lifesaver
  • K9 Demonstration
  • Training Demonstration/Firearms
  • Ride-A-Long/Correction Officer For A Day
  • Enforcement Overview
  • Mental Health and Inmate Healthcare
  • Basic Jail Officer/Supervision of Inmates/Admission and Release/Inmate Con Games