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Citizens’ Police Academy

2022 Citizen’s Police Academy Announcement

In June of 2022, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Westminster City Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office, will be hosting the 6th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). The CPA is an exceptional opportunity for citizens to learn first-hand how the criminal justice system works. Attendees will experience how law enforcement officers investigate criminal and traffic violations including a “Use of Force” exercise, crime scene investigation, K-9 demonstrations and specialized weapons and tactics training. Participants will also attend a court session with the prosecution and judge to learn about the court system and all aspects of a trial. The CPA’s primary objective is to afford community, business and religious leaders the opportunity to understand the many aspects of police work and to give the attendees a better understanding of the court process after an individual is charged.
The CPA is scheduled for each Thursday evening from June 2nd through July 7th. The program is free of charge, but will be limited to no more than fifteen participants chosen from the application list.

*** Deadline to submit applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy is May 26th, 2022 ***



Academy Objectives

Our Academy will give attendees the opportunity to learn about and participate in:

  • The benefits of public service
  • The challenges and demands associated with law enforcement
  • Selected police units
  • Practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job
  • The many facets of the criminal justice system
  • How police interact with the court system
  • Safety procedures required in policing
  • Techniques used in addressing crime in our community

Topics Covered

  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Probable Cause and Arrest Procedures
  • Use of Force and Shooting Policy
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Interdiction and Violent Crimes
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • CSI and Forensics
  • Traffic Laws and Enforcement
  • Crisis Response Team and Hostage Negotiation
  • Support Operations
  • Courts and State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Citizen Leadership

To Apply

Applicants will be subject to a background check. Exceptions to the application process may be approved by the program coordinator. Applicants must be either:

  • Adult residents of Carroll County
  • Police department or County government employees
  • Business and Civic leaders of the community


Citizens Police Academy Nomination Form
Citizens Police Academy Waiver, Release, and Indemnification

The Citizens Police Academy Nomination Form and the Citizens Police Academy Waiver, Release, and Indemnification has been designed for completion and electronic submission. Upon bringing up the form:

Use the Tab key to go from one field to the next.

  • Please complete all information as requested.
  • Signature(s) are required for these forms. Please complete all the fields, print, sign and date, and then email the finished document tobholland@carrollcountymd.govThe subject line of the email should state “Citizens Police Academy Application”.
  • Applications due May 26, 2022.

More Information

Information on the program may be obtained and questions regarding the completion of the form may be directed to the Sergeant Brandon Holland by calling 443-789-7255 or via email at

Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.