Citizens Academy

Achieving Community Safety with Citizens through Education and Communication

Want to know more about your community and how to keep your streets safe? Are you curious about the role of law enforcement in your county? Would you like a behind-the-badge look at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office?  Then we encourage you to attend the Warren County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office sponsors the Sheriff Citizen’s Academy to offer participants an education about the operations, services, and responsibilities of our agency. The curriculum covers Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s mission, goals, and daily “inner workings.” Witnessing the activities of WCSO employees, and the essential functions they perform daily, reveals how integral these duties are to community safety and efficiency. Emphasized throughout the academy are the opportunities for citizens and the Sheriff's Office to develop partnerships that foster effective policing.

Equally significant, the SCA provides sheriff’s employees with direct citizen feedback on the community’s primary concerns, and guides deputies, investigators, supervisors, telecommunicators, tax and records clerks in tailoring their approaches accordingly.  Through the academy, not only do participants better understand county law enforcement, and elevate law enforcement effectiveness in their neighborhoods, the sheriff’s employees gain insight into managing community safety issues. Sheriff Gaines and his staff recognize that citizens are crucial in good community-oriented-policing.

The Warren County Sheriff's Academy is designed to give citizens a working knowledge of office personnel, policies and procedures. The course consists of classes held weekly for approximately 12 weeks, for approximately 3 hours per session, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Sessions include the selection and specialized training of WCSO personnel, and responsibilities of the respective divisions. Among the divisions explored are patrol, telecommunications, criminal investigations and crime prevention, K-9 unit, felony warrants, school resource officers, domestic violence and child abuse prevention, court security, tactical/emergency and disaster responses, hostage negotiations, animal control and cruelty prevention, drug interdiction, law enforcement records, Conceal Carry Deadly Weapons (CCDW) licensing, and the importance of tax collection to our entire community. Special programs championed by Sheriff Gaines include the TRIAD program for Warren County seniors, the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Boys and Girls Ranch for area youth, and the Cyber Shield Internet Safety to protect our children from online abuse, and an ongoing partnership with the television series To Catch a Predator, to remove persons from the community who would prey on our children.

Under the direction of Academy Coordinator Captain Brent Brown, the instruction is comprehensive, covering different aspects of sheriff's services. Our CSA teachers are among the best in the Commonwealth, ranging from sheriffs’ deputies, captains, investigators, telecommunicators, office managers and service supervisors to guest lecturers in related fields. Thanks to their stimulating presentations, each SCA session is dynamic and didactic. Throughout the process, students are encouraged to ask questions, to discuss responses to community challenges, and to offer suggestions.

Ultimately, the WCSO Sheriff’s Citizens Academy increases communication between law enforcement and residents, and enhances trust and understanding between the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of our community. Afterward, graduates are encouraged to share their CSA knowledge with others in their neighborhood. The academy educates our citizens, but it also builds a bridge of trust and respect, and builds a bond between deputies of the community - and the citizens of the community.

Requirements for registration are:

  • an age minimum of 18 years,
  • a qualifying background check
  • no felony or misdemeanor convictions,
  • or record impugning applicant’s character.

The next Sheriff’s Citizens Academy will be scheduled later in the year.

If interested in attending the Citizen's Academy, contact Captain Brent Brown, or leave a message with WCSO’s  telecommunicators or records clerks, or simply download the application and return to our office.

Pending the required background check, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified of the next scheduled course.  With questions, please contact us at 842-1633.

We welcome your participation in our program, and thank you for your contribution to the protection of Warren County.