Dallas County Sheriff

Citizens Academy

Citizen Academy Class 11

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Next Class: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

We are very excited to offer classes in our Dallas Sheriff's Department Citizens Academy. This is a great opportunity for the community to get involved as well as gain valuable insight and knowledge into the sheriff's department role in law enforcement. During the course, citizens will get hands-on experience as they learn about the many facets of crime fighting and the criminal justice system. This is a once in a life time opportunity and we invite you to sign up to become a part of the Dallas Sheriff's Department Citizens Academy.

Sheriff Lupe Valdez

What Classes are included?
Students are instructed in the areas of patrol, field enforcement procedures and 9-1-1, criminal courts and jail procedures, felony warrant service, criminal investigations are among the many classes taught. Instructors include deputies as well as civilian law enforcement personnel.

Citizens Academy Mission:
The Dallas County sheriff's goal is to educate citizens on the operations of the department through a series of lectures and hands-on activities. Through the program we hope to increase public awareness, open line of communication and increase rapport between Dallas County communities and the sheriff's department.

Who can attend?
  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • Possess a valid Texas Drivers License.
  • Pass a Criminal Background check.
  • Be able to regularly attend classes.
Call the Dallas County Sheriff's Academy at (214) 751-4581 and ask to have an application mailed to you or click here for a PDF copy of the application.


Q: What are the registration requirements?
A: There are three main items:
  1. Submit an application (click here)
  2. Pass a criminal background check
  3. Sign various waivers
Q: What is the cost to attend the sheriff's academy.
A: There is no fee to attend.

Q: When do the classes meet?
A: The academy class meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm and end by 10:00 p.m. There are two Saturdays scheduled for K9, sheriff's posse, tactical and firearms demonstrations.

Q: Can we bring something to eat and drink?
A: Dinner and refreshments are provided before each Tuesday night class at no cost!

Q: What can I wear to class?
A: Each student will be provided with an academy shirt at no cost and the proper dress and protocol for the academy class will be explained.