Citizen's Police Academy
The Citizens' Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to teach you, the citizen, as much as possible about our local law enforcement system. We take you from 1854 through the most modern equipment and procedures available to each department in the region.
Our goal is to take you through the profession of a peace officer from how they're trained to some of the experiences that they go through. You'll get classes on Patrol Procedures, Investigations, Drugs, SWAT, K-9, Use of Force , and many more topics. You'll be training by experts in each field and you'll hear first hand accounts and experiences from the officers and deputies themselves.
Those eligible to attend must be at least 21 years of age and work or live in the Cowlitz County area. Applicants can have no felony or domestic violence convictions. Misdemeanor arrests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must pass a background check conducted by law enforcement.
The 2019 Academy begins Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and ends with graduation on April 29, 2020. The classes are Wednesday nights from 6pm until 9pm in Kelso. Applications must be turned in no later than February 7, 2020.
Applications can be picked up at the Sheriff's Office or download here.
For questions regarding the Citizens' Academy, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (360) 577-3092.