Citizens Academy

Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. Through the “Citizens Academy”, it is our goal to encourage citizens to become more involved in making Hillsborough County a safer and better place to live.

Citizens Academy Will Give You the Opportunity To:

  • Ride with a uniformed patrol deputy upon graduation.
  • Tour the Sheriff’s Office detention facilities and communication center.
  • Interact with Sheriff’s Office specialty teams.
  • Gain insight into operations and investigations .
  • And so much more!

While graduates of the Citizens Academy are not certified law enforcement officers, you will certainly gain a deeper understanding and respect for our men and women in uniform. This program is designed to show you the complexity and realities of the law enforcement profession.

Application

 

How to Apply

Applicant Requirements

  • Must be 19 years of age.
  • Must be a resident of Hillsborough County.
  • Must sign an indemnity release.
  • Must submit to a background check.

Those wishing to attend will need to download and complete the one page application. You can then submit the application to us by mail or email.

Mail or Email Application To

Community Outreach Division

2008 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

(813) 247-8115

Diana I Watson
Law Enforcement Deputy

(813) 247-0950
diwatson@hcso.tampa.fl.us