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Citizens Academy Returns This February

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After a several year hiatus, Citizens Academy is returning in February. The Dade County Sheriff’s Office provides the ten-week course free of charge to citizens who want to learn about every area of the office’s operations.

The classes are each Tuesday night from Feb. 21 to May 2 with an extra week of additional activities offered to those who complete all ten weeks.

Sheriff Ray Cross is pleased that the event is returning. He said, “Citizens can come and learn about every aspect of law enforcement that we do here. We take them through road patrol, K-9, investigations, the jail, and my office. We do a mock trial. We bring our drug task force in and teach them about opioids.”

He continued, “If they attend every class, they can do the bonus week where they ride with an officer, go to the firing range, and things like that.”

To sign up for Citizens Academy, contact the Dade County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 657-3233 and ask for Cyndi Thurman or Ashley Brown.


  1. Kasey Peters on January 20, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    What is the age limit for these courses?

    • Editor on January 24, 2023 at 9:28 am


      I believe any age is welcome! The DCSO can confirm that.

  2. Michelle kouns on February 14, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    I like to learn more about the stuff from citizen academy and if there is anything and let me know

    • Editor on February 17, 2023 at 8:47 am

      Hello Michelle,

      To learn more about Citizens Academy, please contact the sheriff’s office at (706) 657-3233 and ask for Cyndi Thurman or Ashley Brown. You can also email

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